Brooke Schapps Richman
Hi and Happy National Kidney Month (when I wrote this in March)!
I’m participating in the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney (Virtual) Walk to improve the lives of the 26 million Americans who, like me, are living with kidney disease and the over 73 million who are at risk.
After having surgery in 2014 to remove kidney stones, I was diagnosed with Rental Tubular Acidosis (RTA), a chronic kidney disease I will have for the rest of my life. Although I've been fortunate enough to still obtain my prescription medication and have access to medical professionals who can monitor my condition during this last last year in particular, I am not the norm but, rather, the exception.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the unpredictable and uncertain climate its engendered, millions of kidney patients across the Country have lost their homes as well as their access to life saving drugs due to nationwide medical shortages. Moreover, these Americans, as well as all of us with kidney disease, have been plagued by incessant fear since they face a higher risk for developing serious complications as a result of COVID-19.
So, if you're here on this page, let's get to work and help! Here's how: 'Lace up with me,' albeit virtually, on November 14th. Additionally, you can donate* to Team BR's 2k21 Team Page which will help the National Kidney Foundation:
- Raise public awareness about kidney disease and risk reduction
- Provide free local health screenings
- Support kidney patients, organ donors, and their families
- Educate doctors and other healthcare professionals by providing them with critical information
- Help those kidney patients most negatively affected by the pandemic have access to virtual care, telehealth visits, and home lab draws
- Advocate in D.C. for government action on funding kidney research and defending medicare coverage
Thanks so much in advance for all your support and generosity! My kidneys and I appreciate you!
Stay healthy and hydrated,
*Approx. 82 cents of every dollar donated directly supports NFK programs and services