Donate a Kidney, Donate a Car, Both Save Lives

The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho partners with Yes Utah! and Yes Idaho!

Organ Donor registry to promote organ donation. As of today, nearly 114,000 people are on the transplant waiting list, and over 2/3 of those on the list need kidneys, so organ donation is very important to the National Kidney Foundation. Kidney disease has no cure, only dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant. We opt for the latter if the patient qualifies and is healthy enough for a transplant. If you are interested in becoming a kidney donor in Utah, please visit or in Idaho at

In the meantime, donating your old car for a tax deduction (and free towing) to the National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho is how we can continue to lighten the burden, and improve the quality of life for Utah and Idaho kidney patients while they await a life saving kidney.  So donate a kidney, donate a car, both save lives.  Donate your old car online to Kidney Kars at

Elder Dale G. Renlund Shares Story of Faith About Organ Donation

On Saturday, March 31st LDS General Conference, LDS Church Authority, Elder Dale G. Renlund, a cardiologist shared a beautiful experience about a family’s faith and experience regarding organ donation. We will post the transcript when it is available.  We’ve attached the link to the talk.




Angel Elsie Saving Lives

Elsie’s Miracle

April 1st between sessions of the LDS General Conference, KSL ran a 25 minute special about our Angel Family, The Mahes. Three years ago, 3 year old Elsie Mahe’s life was cut short after a tragic accident in the family home, but her legacy lives on. The Mahe family says while they didn’t receive their miracle for Elsie, there were many miracles from Elsie. Elsie’s organs were donated to save many lives, but the miracles go far beyond this.  Her  sparkle and spirit of a little girl have helped to spread faith, love and kindness across the globe. Check here for the beautiful, brave story of what the Mahe’s chose to do in the face of unspeakable sadness at the loss of their beautiful daughter.

Kidney Transplant Recipient Helped Enact Landmark Idaho legislation

Today the Naional Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho received the pen that Governor Butch Otter used to sign this bill!We are very grateful to our Idaho friends who saw this very important piece of legislation through.

Landmark Legislation Signed by Idaho Governor to Protect Living Organ Donors
Legislation is first of its kind in the nation
March 20, 2018

The National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho is pleased to announce that Idaho Governor Butch Otter signed landmark legislation, S. 1302, to protect living organ donors from potential insurance discrimination. Too often living organ donors, who are healthier than the U.S. population at large, face insurance discrimination based solely on their
status as a living organ donor. “Today’s legislation in Idaho is the first of its kind in the nation designed to stop such discrimination. We hope soon every state in the nation follows suit. We were pleased to support the work of Marty Durand, an Idaho kidney transplant recipient and lawyer, who initiated the hearings on this bill” said Deen Vetterli, CEO National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho.
The Idaho legislation, S. 1302, makes it unlawful to discriminate in the offering, issuance, cancellation, price or conditions of a policy, including the amount of coverage provided, based solely upon the status of the individual as a living organ
donor. The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho applauds Governor Otter for standing up for kidney patients, 100,000 of whom are waiting on a life-saving transplant right now.
The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho thanks Idaho State Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb for sponsoring the bill and owes a debt of gratitude to Committee leaders in the Senate and House for their efforts in support of organ donation. In 2017, nearly 20,000 Americans received a kidney transplant and one-third of these transplants were made possible by living donors.
Expanding living donation by removing barriers will help more people obtain a life-saving transplant. Organ donors undergo significant testing prior to being approved as a donor and must be in very good overall health before being permitted to donate. Most donors do not experience long term complications related to organ donation and therefore insurance discrimination is unjustified.
The Idaho legislation is modeled after The Living Donor Protection Act, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in March 2017 by Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler


Utah Man has used bionic hand to restore cars since 1957.

Anyone who knows me knows, I grew up with no less than 8 cars on our 2 acre lot in East County San Diego.  My Dad was a part time VW/Audi/Porsche mechanic.  I grew up driving anything from a diesel Ford Ranchero, to a 1967 VW Bug to a 1978 Porche 930 Turbo Carrera.  I spent most of my childhood getting dragged to wrecking yards and swap meets looking for certain car parts or tools.  When my Dad died, we found ourselves weeping over his most prized possessions: a Suzuki Hyabusa engine and 50 gallon drum of nitro fuel.  So I loved reading this story about Delwyn Friedl on KSL.  He reminded me of my Dad, if my Dad had been a superhero who had a hook for a hand since he was 18. Delwyn was working at animal feed company when he was 18.  He was trying to free up a jammed auger machine when his arm was pulled into the machinery. He lost the arm between the wrist and elbow. He has worked with the hook since 1957.  While my Dad grew up in SoCal racing and crashing cars through the orange groves, Delwyn Friedl grew up in Utah racing and crashing cars on the Bonneville Salt Flats. While my Dad built his first race car at 14 out of an old Model A using a chevy 350 engine, In high school, Friedl built his own hot rod by putting a Hemi engine into a Model A Roadster.  From there Mr. Friedly became a serious car builder/restorer. He estimates he has fixed up between 50 and 60 cars over the years. He still has about 10, including an original-built Buick (so says the title) powered by two Buick V-8 engines connected together. He said he’s driven it up to 120 miles per hour and it’s “real smooth.” He has built Model T’s, Model A’s, a salt flats racer and a ’60s convertible. His garage is full of beautiful cars, but none of them came in that way. He estimates he puts in about 1,000 hours on a typical restoration, and he does it all single-handed.


This makes me miss my Dad.  His last car races were in Tecate and San Felipe Baja California in a modified mini Mustang he named the Baby Grand.  I keep up the Kidney Kars program for the National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho, because in 1991 I was the only person in Utah who had a background in fundraising, grant writing and also experience parting/recycling/reselling cars. Today, the Kidney Kars of Utah & Idaho car donation program at is still one of the country’s largest car donation programs.  I’m so proud to run the Kidney Kars program.  I was so happy to be the daughter of someone who loved cars.  It was fun. And to this day, my kids play a game on road trips called “what’s the year, make and model?” I’m pretty darn good at this game, if I do say so myself.

Anyway, as I get older myself my health, my knees my body has failed me in lots of way.  Reading this story about Mr. Friedly inspired me.  He lost his hand at 18 and didn’t let that deter him at all. If you love something, there is always a way to make it part of you.  I hope to be as mentally and emotionally resourceful one day as a one armed mechanics, and the kidney patients who survive kidney disease in Utah and Idaho. Kidney Patients rely upon the services of the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho. So please donate your old car to or (801) 226-5111. Kidney Kars donations are tax deductible and towing is free.  So please,don’t just junk your old car!  Help us to lighten the burden and improve the quality of life for Utah and Idaho kidney patients!  Donate online at

How to donate your car in Utah and Idaho for a tax deduction

So we are coming close to April 15th otherwise known as taxpocalypse. We receive anywhere between 14 and 24 phone calls a day asking how to donate a car to Kidney Kars ( for a tax deduction (and how much their car is worth).  It’s an easy enough process to call Kidney Kars at 1-800-Tow-Kars or find us online at but the tax deduction part is a little bit buried in the site under the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section entitled: What about the Tax Deduction?  There we have a brief explanation from the IRS publication 526 “Charitable Contributions: found here ( and IRS Publication 561 “Determining the Value of Donated Property” found here: ( and IRS Publication 4303 “A Donor’s guide to Vehicle Donation” Found here. (

The general idea, however, is that the tax deduction applies to those who itemize deductions on their 1040 federal tax return. The amount of the tax deduction depends on the actual sale value of the Kidney Kar donation.  Donors are allowed to claim a fair market value up to $499 unless the vehicle sells for $500 or more. If your Kidney Kar donation is sold for more than $500, you can claim the actual sale value as your deduction. Please check with a tax professional regarding your personal tax benefit.  Then we have the links to IRS Forms one needs in order to claim their deduction on their IRS 1040, mainly Form 8283 Found here:  and Form 1098-C prepared for you by the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho’s program administrators, but found here:

This time of year promts a lot of calls to us about how much a car is worth, so again, the deduction is based on the selling price the foundation is able to get for the car, then measured against if the donor received any kind of promotional item as a reward for donating (in which case the cost of that  promotional item must be subtracted from the tax deduction).  People don’t realize that organizations who offer a hotel stay, or a free vacation are not actually charities running charitable car donation programs — they are businesses marketing a car donation program FOR a charity and most likely charge the charity 30-90% of the car proceeds before sending a very small amount to the charity.  It is so important the charity you choose is local, has a low (under 25% overhead), is a qualified charity (has a 501 (c)(3), is in good standing with the state Division of Consumer Protection and the Better Business Bureau).

If you have more questions about how a car/vehicle donation can be tax deductible, check with a tax preparartax deductible 2018 or tax specialists to have them take a closer look at your taxes to determine the specific benefit donating a car to Kidney Kars or Utah & Idaho can mean to you.  Once you feel it’s the right thing to do, just call our Utah/Idaho office at 1-800-Tow-Kars or (801) 226-5111 or just visit the donation website at !

March is Kidney Month in Utah & Idaho — so donate your car to Kidney Kars!

March is Kidney Month so the National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho will be posting public service announcements throughout the month about kidney health and of course about donating an old car for a tax deduction to the Kidney Kars program.  Because the funds raised from the Kidney Kars and fund local kidney dialysis and transplant patient services its really a great way to combine both public information and a fundraising campaign.  I love the memes that the National Kidney Foundation came up with to post on Facebook.  Go ahead and scroll through them to get to know your Kidney better!  After you do, don’t hestatate to call us at 1-800-Tow-Kars or visit us at to donate your old car to keep the ball rolling on kidney health.  You Kidney Kars donation lightens the burden and improves the quality of life for over 3,000 Utah and Idaho kidney patients!  So #HeartYourKidneys everybody — it’s #MarchisKidneyMonth


Thank you for helping me with my car

les-schwabDear National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho,
Thank you for your help with the debt I owed to Les Schwab Tire Center for fixing my car. I have to travel approximately 60 miles to dialysis 4 days a week for my dialysis treatments.  The gas and car maintenance expenses have been very hard on me. I have been struggling to keep current with my bills since I started dialysis. I appreciate your help so very much. Every little bit helps. The Kidney Foundation of Utah is so wonderful to help those of us with kidney failure in such dire need. Thank you for your assistance. Once again, God bless you and thank you!
Janet B.

I wanted to give back somehow

My son Derek passed away July 1, 2016. He was born with no kidney in 1995. Right after Derek was born he was life-flighted to Primary Children’s Hospital. Our journey of hospital stays, surgeries, tests, and constant poking started the day he was born. I gave Derek my kidney when he was 6, in 2001. Through the Foundation, my costs were paid to donate my kidney to Derek. Unfortunately, he lost that kidney to BK Virus and renal cell carcinoma in 2004. We waited nearly 5 years for another kidney. During that time, he required dialysis. As we live on the Utah/Wyoming border. Because there are no pediatric dialysis centers there, I was trained to be a dialysis tech. We did home hemo dialysis. In 2009 Derek received a kidney from a man that died in an accident. That kidney was a wonderful gift that gave Derek a normal life till his recent passing from leukemia. During those years The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho, through different programs, gave Derek a somewhat normal childhood. He loved Lagoon Day, going to Youth Transplant Kamp at Camp Kostopoulis, and going to IT school because of a Kidney Patient Scholarship provided by the Foundation. As the National Kidney Foundation of Utah does so much for families like ours, I wanted to give back somehow. When Derek passed away, I set up a memorial fund in his name for pediatric kidney patients. In all, $850 was donated in Derek’s name. If possible, I would like this money to be used to help another child have a “Normal” life. Whether it be for camp scholarships, Lagoon Day, expenses of a family in need with a child who has kidney failure. God bless. Thank you. Kali B.