In honor of my 2 year kidney transplant anniversary ("rebirthday") and as visionary of 79EIGHTY™, we are raising funds to support the National Kidney Foundation and the work that I have witnessed them do for myself, my loved ones, and over 30 million other people living with chronic kidney disease. This is a cause that deeply resonates with me as a former dialysis patient of 7 years and kidney transplant recipient as of June 1, 2017.
During the course of my journey to becoming #KidneyStrong, I've learned that black people have an increased risk of developing kidney failure as a result of high rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. We must be vigilant and proactive about our health and encourage our friends, family & community to do the same. We suffer from kidney failure three times more than white people, accounting for more than 35% of all patients in the U.S. receiving dialysis for kidney failure. These statistics are tremendously disturbing considering that we only make up about 13.2% of the overall U.S. population.
As we are disproportionately effected by this disease, it was an easy decision to support a foundation that helps people who look like me. Please join us in supporting the National Kidney Foundation and help us reach our goal.
Light & Love!
This photo was taken in June 2017 at discharge after my successful kidney transplant. As of June 1, 2019, I am 2 years kidney strong.
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