On December 31, 2008, during winter break my senior year of college, my father and I rang in the new year at Beth Israel recovering in adjacent hospital rooms. We had a lot to celebrate: he had a new kidney and I had my Dad back.
I'm running the 2015 Boston Marathon in honor of my courageous father and the life saving kidney transplant and donor surgery we underwent at Beth Israel. My decision to donate a kidney was rooted in love for my Dad, but realized through the world class care and guidance I received from my dedicated donor transplant team at BIDMC throughout the year long journey. It's my hope to raise awareness about kidney disease, and the amazing impact you can have by giving the gift of a living kidney donation.
Your support and contributions go miles! Here's a little more info on how your donation will specifically impact Kidney Disease Research at BIDMC:
Kidney disease is five times more likely to affect African Americans than other groups of people, and the team is actively working to alleviate this epidemic. This is a major public health problem and this research, which may lead to major advances in treatment, is unique to BIDMC. Dialysis is not a cure. Fewer than 40 percent of dialysis patients live more than five years. Rates of kidney failure are increasing and the cost to treat those patients continues to rise each year. In 2009, $42.5 billion was spent to provide care to those with kidney failure. Over the next three to five years, the Renal Division Research Team aims to use their findings to better understand, prevent, and treat kidney disease in African Americans. They plan to develop a multifaceted approach to solving this problem that will be highly visible and have a large impact on the lives of individuals and their families.