Up Close with NKF’s New Chairman: His Gift that Keeps on Giving

Up Close with NKF’s New Chairman: His Gift that Keeps on Giving Posted on October 28, 2013 by The National Kidney Foundation By Greg ScottMy son, Steven, was 18 months old when we learned he was afflicted with congenital kidney disease–autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD) to be precise. Steven was one of the toughest people I have ever known. From the start, he was determined to lead a normal life and despite the many complications from his disease that included high blood pressure, bouts of serious esophageal bleeding and daily injections of growth hormone, Steven did exactly what he set out to do. He lived a completely normal life that even included contact sports. Ice hockey and golf were his favorites, and he participated in all the other activities of a growing and developing young man.Right after his graduation from high school, his kidneys stopped functioning and he had to be placed immediately on dialysis. That was the only time I ever saw him despondent about his condition. As a family, we went into action. All of us—I, his mother, brother and sister—were tested to determine who would be a match for donation. As it turned out, I was the best match and two months after Steven’s kidneys failed, we were both admitted to New York Presbyterian Hospit

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