Meet Grizz Chapman, the Kidney Walk National Chairman
Grizz Chapman , who plays a member of Tracy Morgan’s entourage on NBC-TV’s Emmy Award-winning show , “30 Rock” is also an advocate for kidney disease, a spokesperson for the National Kidney Foundation and the Kidney Walk National Chairman.
Two years ago, Grizz was diagnosed with kidney failure as a result of uncontrolled high blood pressure. After shedding over 160 lbs, two years of dialysis treatment while taping “30 Rock,” he underwent a successful kidney transplant.
“After my diagnosis, I began a courageous fight for my health and my life,” says Chapman. “This experience has taught me the importance of early detection and of knowing the link between high blood pressure and kidney disease and also of getting your kidneys screened if you’re at risk. I’ve learned about the life-saving power of organ and tissue donation and how we need to celebrate the heroism of donors and the positive impact they make on the lives of recipients.”
Grizz has been on a crusade to raise awareness of kidney disease and the effects it has on overall health. Bringing light to the early warning signs, the risk factors and the need for early detection can help prevent people from progressing to kidney failure.Grizz is thrilled to be able to meet many of you in person at some of the Kidney Walks being held around the country this year. To support Grizz's efforts by joining Team Grizz and to find out where he'll be walking this season, visit teamgrizz.com