In 2017, a goal I once believed to be unattainable became a reality. On April 17, 2017 I crossed the world famous finish line on Boylston Street. I never imagined I would be fortunate enough to do it a second time around. On April 20, 2020 I will be running the 124th Boston Marathon for the BIDMC Kidney Disease Team. This team has an extra special meaning to me, as my uncle courageously donated his kidney to a relative in dire need. This race is for him and all the brave people who are willing to put their lives on hold to help save others. I have pledged a fundraising goal of $10,000 to raise awareness of Kidney Disease. Any donation, big or small, is sure to make an impact on all the lives affected and hopefully someday find a cure.
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.