Dear Friends and Family,
On April 20th, I'm running the 2015 Boston Marathon with Team BIDMC, to raise funds for crucial kidney disease research, and I'm asking you to help me by donating to my run.
Participating in the Boston Marathon will be one of the greatest experiences of my life, but it's epecially meaningful because it will be in support of a great cause. Kidney disease is a horrible epidemic that affects so many people and their families.
I have personally been affected by this terrible disease because my uncle, Allaudin Vishram, and my Grandfather, two people I love dearly, both required long term dialysis. Therefore, I am running this race in their memory.
Kidney disease is a major public health problem and the research performed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will help lead to major advances in treatment. 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. 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.
Any support you can give, no matter how big or small, makes me feel like you are running right alongside me. So please join me in spirit on race day, because I'll need your to help carry me across the finish line!
And remember, it's tax deductible!