You have a pair, so why not share? Here at It Only Takes One, our mission is to provide donor education. Although most of us are born with two kidneys, what many people don't know is that you only need one to lead a healthy lifestyle. It also only takes one kidney to share the gift of life with someone else. On average, a kidney donated by a living donor lasts for about 20 years, while a kidney donated by a deceased donor last about 15 years. According to the National Kidney Foundation, 17,107 kidney transplants were performed in the United States in 2014. However, that only accounts for a small portion compared to the number of people on the waiting list for a kidney transplant. We want to improve these numbers by encouraging more people to give the gift of life.

Having a kidney transplant is one form of treatment for kidney disease. Dialysis is an alternative form of treatment and is often utilized more to ensure that patients can remove the build-up of toxins from their bodies. Often times, dialysis treatments can take a toll on one's physical, emotional and psychological health. We know personally based on Andrea's dialysis journey, which is why we work diligently at It Only Takes One to provide information to everyone about their kidney health, one kidney at a time.

It is important for all of us to know about our kidney health and even more important to know what questions we need to ask our doctors. It is vital to know family history because 1 in 3 Americans are at risk for developing kidney disease. 30 million Americans are affected by kidney disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States.

While educating the public, we also aim to create avenues for kidney patients and their families. We know from personal experience what it's like to combat kidney disease. Just because you have a diagnosis for kidney disease, that doesn't mean that it has you. You can still lead a positive life, while deciding which type of treatment best suits you and your lifestyle.

We want to inform, advocate, and collaborate to improve kidney health, while encouraging others to Save a Life and Be a Donor. With our Get Involved initiatives, we hope to have successful community events, campaigns, Dialysis Drives, and educational presentations that cater to those affected by kidney disease.