Why I WalkI walk in loving memory of my grandfather John J. O'Neil, Jr., whom his grandchildren lovingly called "Grampa." He had a nickname for everyone and a laugh that could make you laugh with him even if you were in a terrible mood. He loved his family more than anything and had an amazing life full of love and adventure, but still was taken from us too soon by kidney disease.
Every year, my family walks in the Boston Kidney walk to support the lifechanging work of the National Kidney Foundation:
- To ensure that families will have a place to turn when they need answers.
- To keep up the fight for policy changes to protect kidney patients and living donors.
- To drive innovation in transplantation and get more loved ones off the kidney transplant waitlist.
This year, like last year, we can't do the usual walk in Boston, but my family and I will be holding our own walk - some from their homes, others in a group at the middle school track. We walk in memory of Grampa, and to help put an end to suffering due to kidney disease for everyone after him.
Please consider supporting my and my family's efforts with a donation - any amount is much appreciated!