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New Program Encourages Kidney Donors

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By Faye Hoffman

The state of Idaho has signed up with Utah in a new program to help people who need kidney transplants.

It's called the Good Samaritan Living Kidney Donation Program.

Cliff Bell is hoping the new program can help him. He spends 12 hours a week on dialysis because he needs a kidney transplant.

He's one of 300 Idaho patients waiting for an organ transplant. The Good Samaritan Living Kidney Donation Program hopes to reduce that number.

“It's a program to encourage living individuals to be anonymous donors to help save the life of a stranger,” says Ben Dieterie with Intermountain Donor Services.