Running for Organ Donation

Sally Matos started running late in life, participating in her first half marathon in 2010 at the age of 52. She fell in love with the sport and quickly began to build up her base and cross races off her list.

While Sally was being rejuvenated by running, her nephew Jason was slowly declining. Jason had been diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) at the age of 14. FSGS causes scarring in the kidneys’ tiny blood vessels that filter waste from the blood. By the time Jason neared his 30th birthday, his kidneys were becoming too scarred to function.

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Transplant Surgeon to Walk 26 Miles for Kidney Disease Awareness

Dr M 2 A kidney transplant surgeon has pledged to walk 26 miles on May 23, 2015, to raise awareness of the 26 million Americans living with kidney disease.

Dr. Charles Modlin, of Shaker Heights, OH, is a transplant surgeon and urologist at the Cleveland Clinic. Since he began practicing in Cleveland in 1993, he has witnessed firsthand the impact of kidney disease.

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Down a Kidney, Running a 10K

Hickey PhotoFor Terence Hickey, 27, the hardest part of donating a kidney was staying off his feet.

“The process itself wasn’t as grueling as I thought it would be, but being so active, it is tough staying in bed,” he said.

On May 30th, Terence will run the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K with his mother, Nora. It’s an amazing feat considering he donated a kidney to his father John less than two months ago.

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NKF Advocates to Appear on ESPN’s E:60

Mike and his family and closest friends at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community – supporting NKF as their charity of choice

Mike and his family and closest friends at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community – supporting NKF as their charity of choice

On Tuesday, April 21, the Gallagher family of Erie, PA, will be featured on ESPN2’s E:60, a series that showcases the “Best Stories in Sports”.

Mike Gallagher is a father to six children. He is a former sports broadcaster and has been a National Kidney Foundation (NKF) advocate since he was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (PKD) four years ago.

“It was a shock being told that I have a disease that there is no cure for,” Mike said.

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The Real Deal About Becoming A Living Kidney Donor, Part 3: After You Donate

CRF_5663After the surgery, you’re officially a living kidney donor. Congratulations! In general, those who ultimately choose to become kidney donors are much healthier than the general population because kidney donors must undergo a comprehensive physical and mental health evaluation prior to being approved to donate a kidney.

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The Real Deal About Becoming A Living Kidney Donor, Part 2: During the Process of Becoming a Donor

nurse or dr with patient in gown (3)So you’ve made the decision to become a living donor. You’re not alone. In the United States in 2013, there were 5,733 living kidney donors. Since 1988, there have been 127,515 living kidney donors in the United States. In 2011, living donors accounted for 42.5% of the kidney transplants performed globally, and there were more than 31,000 live donor transplants done in more than 100 countries around the world.

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The Real Deal About Becoming A Living Kidney Donor, Part 1: Before You Choose to Become a Living Donor

By Leslie Spry, MD, FACP, FASN, FNKF

Donor monthOn average, nearly 3,000 new patients are added to the kidney waiting list each month and every 14 minutes someone is added to the kidney transplant list. April is Donate Life Month and there’s clearly a dire need for more organ donors.

With that in mind, there are risks and benefits to becoming a living donor. To donate a kidney to a loved one, friend, or even a stranger, is truly to give the gift of life. I have seen in my own practice that living donation frequently makes both the giver and the receiver feel better, and typically those who donate kidneys to their loved ones are joyous and enthusiastic about it.

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