BENEFITING: National Kidney Foundation, Inc.
EVENT: San Francisco Marathon 2014
On July 27, I will be lacing ‘em up for the SF Half Marathon on behalf of the National Kidney Foundation. I'm joining Team Kidney in support of my mother, Kathy, who has been on the receiving end of two kidney transplants. She underwent her first transplant operation fifteen years ago after a mysterious virus caused her kidney function to rapidly diminish. Kathy’s sister, Diane, generously donated a kidney to her, allowing her to be an active and attentive mother to her three children who were all under twelve at the time.
After about eight years, Kathy’s body rejected Diane’s donated kidney, and she began regular dialysis sessions three days per week. Seven years later after countless hours in the dialysis chair, numerous appointments at UC Davis & UCSF, and two potential transplants that fell through at the last minute, she received her second successful kidney transplant. The procedure appropriately occurred the day before Thanksgiving last year.
Thanks to all of the research and attention that kidney disease has received, my mother is one of the many people who have gone on to live a fairly regular life after enduring kidney failure. Please help support this cause by contributing to the National Kidney Foundation, so more families can benefit as I have.
Thank you for your support!