I am excited to share that I am running the 2017 New York Marathon on Sunday, November 5th! I will be running with four other runners as part of Team Kidney. This race is exactly 20 days before the eight year anniversary of my kidney transplant.
I got diagnosed with kidney failure in 2009. After nine months of dialysis treatment, I received a lifesaving gift from my brother, Dustin. I'm happy to report that seven years later, both Dustin and I are doing great with one kidney each.
Since my transplant, I decided to take on running. My goal was to fulfill a bucket list item by running a marathon, but something happened. I fell in love with running! I now have a goal to run a marathon in all fifty states and seven continents with my new kidney.
My current post-transplant stats as of October 13th: 60 half marathons in 8 states, and 30 marathons in 21 states. If all goes as planned, the New York Marathon will be my 23rd state.
I’m challenging myself on and off the course to help raise funds to support the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and the work they do to help the 73 million Americans at risk for kidney disease, the 26 million Americans living with chronic kidney disease, and those who care for and about them.
Did you know that 1 in 3 American adults are at risk for kidney disease? Major risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney failure and being age 60 or older. Kidney disease often has no symptoms, and it can go undetected until very advanced. But a simple test can tell you if you have kidney disease.
NKF is leading the pace group in the fight against kidney disease and I am excited to join the pack! Will you join us by making a donation or challenging yourself too?
Every dollar counts, and I would be grateful for your support to help fight kidney disease!