I began participating in the West TN Kidney Walk in honor of my dad, Theodore Jones, who passed away from complications of kidney disease in 2014. I continue to walk because African-Americans are disproportionately effected by this disease, including a multitude in my family. Blacks are 3x more likely to develop kidney disease than White Americans, partially due to high rates of diabetes and high blood pressure. African Americans are more than 35% of all patients in the U.S. receiving dialysis for kidney failure, but only represent 13.2% of the overall U.S. population. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure in African Americans, with high blood pressure being the second leading cause. This walk increases public education about kidney disease and kidney disease prevention. It also raises money for research and helps provide services for those living with kidney disease in West TN communities. Please consider supporting my efforts with a generous donation. This cause means a lot to me.