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Kristen Ryan

Kristen Ryan

I am deeply humbled and honored to be the Honorary Chair for the 2021 Rochester Virtual Kidney Walk. While we may not be able to walk side-by-side this year, our different paths will share a common goal; together we will LaceUp to change lives and fight kidney disease. When I reflect on my own reasons for walking, two of my family's favorite sayings come to mind: Our story is not finished yet and We'll get through it together. I walk for every person that is part of my family's story and helped us get through it together. As many of you know, my dad Mike West, has been on dialysis for nearly 7 years, awaiting a kidney transplant. When we started our journey 7 years ago, we had no idea what a tremendous impact the National Kidney Foundation would have on our family. Their educational resources, programs, services, support, network, and friendship have been crucial to us, and so many others in our Kidney Community. Please make the 2021 Rochester Virtual Kidney Walk part of your story by registering to walk, or making a donation, at Then, on Walk Day September 19, LaceUp your walking shoes and walk your way from the comfort of your home, neighborhood, local park, or trail. Be sure to check back in to (or here!) for our 37-day walk your way calendar, representing and honoring the 37 Million Adults in the U.S. who have kidney disease. Kicking off on August 14, our 37 days leading up to Walk Day will be filled with tips for kidney care, virtual challenges, fun family activities, suggestions for great local walking spots, and more! Thank you for allowing me the honor and privilege to be part of your story. Be well and take care of one another. With love and gratitude, Kristen


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