A World Kidney Day Congressional Record Entry
On March 9th, America celebrated World Kidney Day. This awareness raising event resulted in a day of attention on kidney disease across major cities and in all 50 states.
Multiple state legislatures and city governments
Kansas Advocates on the State Capitol’s Floor
issued proclamations about the importance of chronic kidney disease education and CKD’s impact on the 26 million Americans who have it. Some legislatures recognized NKF advocates for their extraordinary work. Others brought kidney disease patients onto their floor to celebrate World Kidney Day. In fact, several states – including Texas, Kansas, and South Carolina – hosted advocacy days in their state capitols to further emphasize the impact of CKD to their legislators and staff.
Buildings, bridges, airports, ferris wheels, and natural landmarks turned orange, the national color recognizing kidney health, and hung
banners in recognition…
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For Calve Milligan, a LogistiCare employee, watching his mother endure long hours in the dialysis chair was difficult. “My mother suffered from diabetes most of her adult life. In 2010, her doctor notified her that her kidneys were failing. My brothers and I were incredibly saddened by the news, because kidney failure would mean she would have to receive dialysis treatment at least 3 days a week for 4 hours a day, which can be very a grueling process. Our worst fears had come to life when in August of 2012 my mother’s kidneys completely failed and she had to begin dialysis treatments.
Although I knew my mother would need a kidney donation to no longer need dialysis, I was not mentally prepared to consider myself. We continued to wait for a donor, as no matches came about. I knew my mother secretly…
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