On June 9th, 2020, after over a year on dialysis, my husband Addisu received a life-saving kidney transplant thanks to his brother. I have been so inspired and proud to see Addisu overcome so many health obstacles. So, I'm running in honor of him.
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 millions of Americans at risk for kidney disease, the 37 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. Currently, there are more than 93,000 people waiting for a kidney transplant. Only about 5,000-7,000 people are fortunate enough to receive one each year. It's estimated that 12 people die each day waiting for a kidney.
Donation and research is crucial to saving lives. It saved my husband's.
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!