Category Archives: Kidney Health

Running For My Brother

By Sarah Culmo Growing up, my father constantly suffered pain due to Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). As he got older, his condition worsened and his belly began to protrude because his kidneys were so full of cysts and pushed against his other … Continue reading

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Why I Chose Living Donation

By Beth Bernstein On August 26, 2015, my old friend from high school, Aron, posted a note on Facebook announcing that after 30 years with a successful kidney transplant, the kidney failed and he was heading to the hospital to … Continue reading

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The Connection Between EPO and Our Kidneys

You may have heard the term EPO in the news related to athletes and drug use to enhance performance. ErythroPOietin (EPO), a hormone produced by the kidneys, helps us to make red blood cells. If we don’t have enough red … Continue reading

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Down a Kidney, Running a 10K

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. … Continue reading

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NKF Advocates to Appear on ESPN’s E:60

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 … Continue reading

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

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, … Continue reading

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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 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 … Continue reading

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