Members of our Advocacy Network are ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things. Their passion and compassion drive them to make a difference for kidney patients. They are working nationally and locally in their communities to increase awareness of kidney disease and to advocate for policies that support kidney patients and their families.
Mitchell Broach has lived with kidney disease for 26 years. Over 2,300 dialysis treatments, over 9,600 hours in a dialysis chair, 2 transplants and I am still here. I feel so blessed, that's why I advocate. Helping others who live with the life changing struggles of kidney disease. I am honored to advocate for the American Kidney Fund. I also serve as the Vice President of the Kalamazoo Area Renal Support Group. Some of my duties in the support group includes directing meetings, peer mentoring, and organizing fund raisers. I've made it my life's mission to serve my fellow patients and I am proud to do so.
Lori Noyes has been an American Kidney Fund Advocate for over two years. During that time, she has created a relationship with the office of her Congressman, Peter Aguilar. She has lobbied on issues that affect kidney patients and has gotten a letter to the editor about kidney legislation published. Lori lives in southern California with her sweet dogs.
As a dialysis patient himself, advocating for Ryan isn’t just personal, but is all about improving care for all kidney patients.
Audrey Adamson did not get kidney disease from hypertension or diabetes, the two leading causes. Hers came as a result of another health issue, pancreatitis.
Anthony Brown of Queens Village, New York, didn’t think much about kidney disease until he found out his mother’s kidneys were failing—shocking news, considering that she had no symptoms.
Stephanie Shabanowitz from Oakdale, Connecticut, is passionate about educating others about pediatric kidney disease and discussing important policy issues with Congressional representatives.
Lana Schmidt of Liberty, Illinois, is committed to increasing public awareness of kidney disease and helping others access the information they need for quality health care.