Connect with real people through The Kidney Exchange Connection who are former transplant and exchange patients.


    Gain knowledge about the process of giving and receiving kidneys through The Kidney Exchange Connection resources.


    Receive support from the Kidney Exchange Connection community before, during and after the transplant procedure.

We Are Here For You

Ask Questions. Get Answers.
The Kidney Exchange Connection is a non-profit organization open to serving all those in need of
answers as they face the decision of having a kidney transplant or paired exchange.

We are dedicated to being a live resource for you to call upon us with your questions. Our organization and this website provide unique content, resources and services such as:

·SHARING– Connect with former transplant patients & their families so you may gain knowledge from those with real experience in giving and receiving a kidney. Ask questions and get answers.

·LEARNING – Further educate yourself on the process of giving and receiving kidneys, including the latest advancements in kidney transplants. Ask questions, get answers, and possibly save lives.

·SUPPORT – Receive encouragement from our growing community before, during and after the transplant procedures.

The Kidney Exchange Connection's founder, Gary Smith, is a donor in a rare double-paired kidney exchange.

Gary Smith's brother Layne Smith, discovered he had polycystic disease after being hospitalized for a skiing accident. Gary recalls, "I wanted to give a kidney to my brother but I was not a good match...I was devastated". Four hundred miles away, another set of brothers were facing the same life threatening dilemma. Gary found the Baum brothers through a kidney transplant program called, "Family Swap".
Click Here to read more on this miracle story...


Join The K.E.C forum and connect with others who are going through (or have friends or family going through) kidney transplant procedures. Be able to ask questions & get answers.

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True Stories

Read the true stories of donors and recipients of a kidney transplant. Be able to contact them directly to ask questions & get answers.

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Guest Speakers

The K.E.C hosts guest speakers who have kidney transplant experience, knowledge & expertise. Become a K.E.C member and be able to participate in special designated Live Chat sessions to ask questions & get answers.