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.
For 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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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.
After 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.
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.
By Leslie Spry, MD, FACP, FASN, FNKF
On 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.
By Leslie Spry, MD, FACP, FNKF
In light of the recent news about measles outbreaks in the United States, you may be wondering what you should be doing to protect yourself. Are you in need of a booster vaccine? Have you already been immunized?