I’m using my transplant anniversary to raise funds to support the National Kidney Foundation and the work they do to help the 30 million Americans living with chronic kidney disease, the millions more at risk, and those who care for and about them. On December 24, 2011 my brother Matthew received a phone call of husband dreams and the greatest Christmas gift anyone had to offer. My brother was diagnosed with Lupus and sustained kidney failure a few years after diagnosed. He underwent dialysis for many years until he was placed on the kidney transplant list. In December he received that call that many await, every year since then my brother has been raising kidney awareness and spreading the word for those in need. This year I wanted to continue that awareness in his honor.
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.
I’m sharing my life-saving transplant anniversary to ensure those who are facing kidney disease will be able to tell their own #KidneyStrong stories.
Each donation is meaningful, and I would be grateful for your support to help fight kidney disease!