Media Coverage

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KQED Forum

San Francisco’s popular NPR affiliate station focused on living donation recently, featuring Carol’s story in a live call-in show, The Forum. The episode is available online (

Living Kidney Donation: The Greatest Gift

“This Podcast Will Kill You”

Betsy Crais, the co-author of my upcoming book, The Insider’s Guide to Living Kidney Donation: Everything You Need to Know If You Give (or Get) the Greatest Gift, and I opened a recent episode of this popular and creative science podcast. We each told our story (mine of donating to my adult son in 2006 and Betsy of receiving a kidney in 2004). We also told listeners about our book, of course.

Spectrum TV News

The gift of life: Chapel Hill women advocate for organ donation

Aired June 28, 2018. Watch video.

By Madison Cavalchire

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Two Chapel Hill women want to encourage others to consider organ donation.

  • Carol Offen donated a kidney to her son
  • Dr. Elizabeth Crais received a kidney from her co-worker.
  • The two women are writing a book together.

That’s why they’re writing a book together — to share their experiences.


Chapel Hill organ donor, recipient co-author new book

Aired June 10, 2018.  Watch video.

By Andrea Blanford Sunday, June 10, 2018

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WTVD) — Two Chapel Hill women know what it means to share a life with someone. One of them, Carol Offen, is a kidney donor. The other, Dr. Elizabeth Crais, is a recipient.

Their paths crossed long before their organ donation stories were written; acquaintances turned co-authors.

“I always tell people I was a very unlikely kidney donor- living donor- because I’ve always been a wimp,” said Offen.

Your Health Radio

Living Organ Donation: One Woman’s Story

Aired on station WCHL-FM March 16, 2017.  Listen to the show.

This weekend on YOUR HEALTH®, in honor of National Kidney Month, Adam & guest co-host Laurel Sisler welcome Carol Offen, who, after donating a kidney to her son 10 years ago, has become an advocate for living organ donation. 

UNC Health Care Newsroom

A Mother’s Gift

Ten years ago Carol Offen donated a kidney to her son. Today she works to demystify the process of live organ donation in the hopes that more people will give the gift of life.


Carol Offen, with Paul (right) and her husband Neil at the 2016 Kidney Walk

Paul needed a new kidney and Carol was a match.

Raising a child means giving of yourself. For most of us, this idea means offering advice, guidance, encouragement and, when necessary, gentle reproach. But when Carol Offen’s son Paul began to experience deterioration in his kidney function, what she needed to give became more concrete.

It’s been more than 10 years since Carol gave a kidney to her son and both have thrived since then. Carol describes the experience as “the best decision I have ever made – and I don’t just mean for Paul. It’s the most noble thing I’ve ever done.”

Read more here!