Here I am, back for year 2! Running the 2019 Boston Marathon and raising over $9,300 for The Kidney Disease Research Center was such a life changing experience. I knew early into my training that I wanted to run again in 2020. This time, I'm going to train harder and raise even more than I did this past year. I'm setting a fundraising goal of $10,000.
For those unfamilar with my story, The Center for Kidney Disease Research allowed my papa to have a new life after being diagnosed with kidney disease and renal failure in 1994.
In June of 1995, my dad donated a kidney to his father, my papa at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. To this day, every time we drive past Beth Israel he tears up - telling stories about the transplant, including many details about their incredible surgeons, Dr. Monaco and Dr. Shaffer, and the extraordinary doctors and nurses that were there before, during and after the procedure. Though I was young at the time of the procedure, Beth Israel has meant so much to my family ever since.
After my papa’s passing in 2001, not a day goes by where the McKeen family does not remember his legacy. If it weren't for the life saving transplant, I would have never been able to spend as much time as I did with my papa. My dad's scar is a symbol of love, hope, and resilience. He is proud to tell people his transplant story and his strength gives me the courage to face anything in life.
I am proud to tell people that my dad is a living organ donor because he is the strongest person I know, and he is my hero. My dad is my best friend and has always been my biggest cheerleader throughout my running career.
Every donation is greatly appreciated and brings me closer to achieving my fundraising goal of $10,000. Thank you for your unwavering support, it means the world to my family and I.
Let's do this (again)!!!!
Kidney Disease Research
Martin R. Pollak, M.D., and his team have identified a reason for the high rate of kidney disease in people of African descent and are actively working to alleviate this epidemic. Dr. Pollak and his team found that two common genetic variations in a gene called APOL1 are responsible for African Americans' greatly increased susceptibility to kidney disease—variations that likely become common because they protect against African sleeping sickness.