Rallying Together to Fight Kidney Disease

Cameron LynchCameron Lynch, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Fresenius Medical Care North America
Corporate Walk Chair, 2017 National Capital Kidney Walk

Type 1 diabetes runs in my family, so I know firsthand how important it is to take care of your health. Not everybody knows that diabetes is a leading driver of kidney disease, and half of new dialysis patients don’t even know they have diabetes, hypertension or other leading contributors to kidney disease. With more education, people can better understand their risk for kidney disease and learn how to take preventative measures to keep themselves healthy. That’s why I’m honored to serve as a corporate walk chair for this year’s Kidney Walk in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 14 on behalf of Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA). The walk helps raise awareness – and most importantly, funds – to help in the fight against kidney disease.

In my position with Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), I get the chance to interact regularly with our dialysis patients, and I continue to be inspired by their optimism and ability to do the things they love in their daily lives while also managing their treatment schedule. 30 million people in the United States are currently living with chronic kidney disease, and many of them are thriving. The commitment of the National Kidney Foundation to fund research and raise awareness is essential to ensuring the advancement of treatments and improved longevity and quality of life for patients. The more money we raise through walks like these, the more we can help the National Kidney Foundation achieve its mission of improving the lives of people with chronic kidney disease everywhere.

FMCNA began its partnership with the National Kidney Foundation nearly a decade ago for the same reason our employees get out of bed in the morning – to improve the quality of life of every patient every day. This year, FMCNA announced a company-wide national team in support of the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Walks, pledging the largest-ever fundraising goal of $250,000. As it turns out, this year it is more important than ever to support the work of the National Kidney Foundation, which will assist dialysis patients impacted by the devastation from the hurricanes in Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Puerto Rico. Patients with end stage kidney disease are particularly vulnerable during extended periods of power outages or water shortages. For these patients, missed treatments can mean the difference between life and death. In joining with the National Kidney Foundation, FMCNA is furthering our commitment to addressing the immediate needs to patients in crisis situations, advancing care for patients with kidney disease, and calling attention to how we can prevent kidney disease in the first place.

When we walk in D.C., and in Kidney Walks across the country, each step gets us one step closer to eradicating kidney disease. I’ll be participating not only on behalf of FMCNA and our patients, but also for my family and others who may be at risk for kidney disease. I hope you’ll join me.

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