Bendix Joins the National Kidney Foundation in a Life-Saving Partnership

r-BendixWhen corporations and nonprofits collide, the relationships are often short and opportunistic.

However, one local partnership has been bucking the trend. The National Kidney Foundation and Elyria-based Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems have been working together to promote kidney disease awareness for over five years.It’s a relationship that has made a life-saving difference for Bendix employees and local kidney patients. In fact, screenings and information provided by the National Kidney Foundation has led a number of Bendix employees to seek further treatment and medical advice due to having, or being at risk for, kidney disease.

“That’s the way this disease is, it sneaks up on people and those most impacted often don’t realize until it’s too late,” said Amy Solmos Wayne, Regional Director for the National Kidney Foundation. “Across the country, 1 in 3 people are at risk for kidney disease and more than 26 million people have it, while most don’t know it.”

Once Bendix saw the impact of NKF screening programs, it was a natural step that the company also saw the overall benefit of supporting the NKF mission to bring kidney disease awareness, prevention and treatment strategies to patients, professionals and those at risk in the local community.

“We hope this partnership will continue to promote the message of kidney health and the importance of the kidney score to more local organizations,” said Joe McAleese, president and CEO of Bendix. “NKF Serving Ohio has been a significant part of the health and wellness initiative at Bendix and has positively impacted the health of a number of our employees.”

The relationship that began in 2007 developed into a full-fledged corporate partnership that is now supported in large part by Bendix staff.

“As an organization we participate in a number of initiatives in the community,” said Barbara Gould,Director of Communications at Bendix. “Working with the National Kidney Foundation has been one of those commitments we’ve seen grow over the years, thanks in large part to the generosity and dedication of our workforce.”

Bendix employees geared up again this year to support the NKF at the Northeast Ohio Kidney Walk in Cleveland. Bendix’s employee walk team, known as the “Brigade in Blue”, are looking to break last year’s Kidney Walk fundraising record.

“We don’t want to throw down the gauntlet too much, but we are looking to be the top fundraising team for the fourth year in a row,” said Bendix team captain Julia Salvatora. “Last year we had more than 60 people come out without counting the children, and we’re growing bigger every year.”

“YOU HAVE KIDNEY DISEASE”

Written by: Alli, a 2014 National Kidney Walk Ambassador

Sorry everyone junior year has been hectic! I said I would talk about the modifications that you have to make to live your life to the fullest with kidney disease… so here it goes!

Being told “ YOU HAVE KIDNEY DISEASE” is the moment when your life changes forever. From there are on out you have to change your lease on life. I learned about all these big words like “glomerulsclerosis” and then came the medications. The most drastic change was having to take all of these drugs and not knowing what would happen or even why I had to take them. One thing that helped was knowing that I was in the hands of a very qualified nephrologist. A lot of people don’t even know where to start with how to modify their life so I suggest using kidney.org or anyone that you have connections to and of course, me!

Another modification that you will need to make is diet, some more modifications than others. I had to change sodium, potassium and dairy. I saw a nutritionist within the first month and it helped me greatly. The nutritionist I used was through my team of doctors that my nephrologist set up. WE ARE NOT ALONE. Your doctors will always be there for you. Also, you should use sodium girls YouTube account or use kidney.org for weekly ideas on recipes to create that are kidney friendly. However, even with all these modifications there are side effects especially depression and that is why I am here and the whole kidney community to make your day a little bit brighter with some words of wisdom.

There are 26 million of us and we all our family.  If you would like to speak to me personally please leave your email or a way for me to contact you and I would love to talk. Enjoy May and hope all the mother’s out there had a Happy Mother’s Day!