It's been four years since Skip gave up a kidney, and Doris got a new one! We recently celebrated our Kidney-versary, and now we're taking a moment to give thanks for our good health while supporting the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) in their efforts to protect kidney patients who are especially vulnerable during the COVID-19 crisis.
Did you know that early data from New York City indicates that 20 to 40 percent of COVID-19 ICU patients develop kidney failure and need emergency dialysis? Additionally, the data suggests that the mortality rate for dialysis patients who develop COVID-19 is between 10-20%. For kidney transplant patients, mortality associated with COVID-19 may be as high as a staggering 30%. Yes, that makes me (Doris) a little nervous, but I feel well-protected and lucky to be staying home (which also makes my dogs very happy).
NKF is also fighting for affordable healthcare for all, increased patient education, access to medication, transplantation and home dialysis. The need is greater than ever especially in disproportionately impacted communities of color with higher death rates and lack of access to healthcare.
So what are we doing to fundraise? In the month of July Doris and Skip, who live 500 miles apart, will team up to cumulatively walk 500,000 steps. We'll each walk/run/hike our own neighborhood, and log our steps along the way.
How can you help? By giving to our fundraiser, you will help to protect vulnerable patients as well as improve kidney health everywhere. 1 in 3 of us are at risk for developing kidney disease. You can also join our challenge and track our steps at the Stridekick app on your smartphone.
Together we can make an impact in our community during this difficult time.
❤️ Doris and Skip (aka Kidney Bristow and Superman)