President of NKDO, Michael Lollo

Michael Lollo, the president of the National Kidney Donation Organization, will testify to the Georgia Insurance and Labor committee on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 1pm, in support of SB 330, Giving the Gift of Life Act. This legislation would protect living donors from losing or being denied life insurance, raise the donor tax credit to $25,000, and provide a tax credit for businesses to assist their employees with organ donation.

As a living kidney donor and the president of the nation’s largest living kidney donation advocacy organization, Lollo is excited by this Georgia legislation. Lollo stated, “This is a very important step in the process of removing disincentives to living organ donation. As an organization devoted to enabling living donors to donate effectively and with the most protections available, NKDO applauds Senator John Albers and Georgia on this critical milestone.”

Lollo was a 21-year veteran of the New York City Police Department who donated his kidney to a stranger in 2018 through the National Kidney Registry (NKR). After his retirement in 2020, Lollo became an active member of NKDO counseling potential living donors. In July 2021, Lollo became president of the organization.

Senator John Albers, the sponsor of the bill and a living kidney donor shared, “I am thrilled that Senate Bill 330 will be receiving its first committee hearing.” He added, “After serving as a kidney donor for my son, Will, I was inspired to make adjustments to the donation process to ensure more Georgians have the ability to donate or receive vital organs. This legislation has the potential not only to save lives by ensuring donors will not be denied life insurance and through creating a tax credit to assist employees with organ donation, but it also has the potential to reduce the overall financial burden on the state. I am excited to see SB 330 take this next step in the legislative process and I look forward to working with the Insurance and Labor Committee to add any necessary improvements to the bill.”

To learn more about living kidney donation about the NKDO, visit nkdo.org. To understand how the NKR facilitates nationwide living kidney donation, visit kidneyregistry.org. Lollo can be reached at m.lollo@nkdo.org or 917-837-2058.

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