My Kidney Story:
I was diagnosed with Kidney Disease in 2002. At that time my doctors thought I would need a kidney transplant within a year or two. My brothers and sisters all offered to be a donor for me. I am very thankful to have the family that I have. Fortunately, through diet, medication and exercise I was able to manage the disease for some time. In May of 2008, my doctor said it was time to get very serious about the transplant. Because so much time had passed since the original testing, everyone had to be retested. After completion of the tests it was determined that my brother Joe was the best candidate to donate. I am very lucky to have a brother like Joe who would give a part of himself to allow me to live a much better life. The transplant was performed on March 12, 2009. Both my brother and I are doing very well now. It has really been a life changing experience for our entire family!
Let's Get Moving!
Thank you for helping me reach my fundraising goal! This is an exciting opportunity for us to work together to help people understand the need for early detection of kidney disease. In addition to raising funds for research and help for patients and their families, the Kidney Walk is a great way to bring the community together!
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Why Walk the Kidney Walk?
- Chronic kidney disease is a public health problem affecting 26 million Americans
- Risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure and family history
- One in nine American adults have kidney disease and most don?t know it
- 92,000 people are waiting for organ transplants
- 17 people die each day waiting for an organ transplant