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Living Kidney Donation

Living Kidney Donation

Saturday, March 25, 2023
3:00pm - 4:00pm
South Meeting Room - Full Room
South Regional Library
  Adult     Emerging Adult: 18-24 Year Olds     Senior Citizen  
  Author Visit     Health & Fitness  

Join Carol Offen and Elizabeth (Betsy) Crais, authors of "The Insider's Guide to Living Kidney Donation: Everything you need to know if you give (or get) the greatest gift" at the South Regional Library as they discuss the importance of living kidney donation, debunk myths about organ donation, and how donation/transplantation have touched their lives.


Carol Offen is a writer and editor whose varied career has included turns as a freelance writer based in Paris for major publications, including Esquire and Vogue. In 2006 she donated her kidney to her adult son and has been passionate about encouraging living donation ever since. She has written numerous related articles and blog posts (kidneydonorhelp.com) and as a National Kidney Foundation advocate and UNOS Ambassador, she's lobbied members of Congress and state legislators to advance support and protections for living donors and kidney patients. She lives in Carrboro, North Carolina, with her husband.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Crais is a Professor and autism researcher in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Medical School. In 1986 she was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney and Liver Disease (PKD), and in 2004 received her first kidney transplant from a colleague.  She has written numerous published articles, book chapters, and books related to communication skills in young children with developmental issues, most particularly with autism. She continues to be an advocate for living kidney donation and along with Carol has appeared on a number of podcasts, written key magazine articles, and provided helpful information to those considering donation. She currently lives with her husband and son in Chapel Hill, NC. 

Event Organizer

Jessica Lundin