Nina Martinez made history in March as the first person with HIV to become a living kidney donor. She told AKF that the decision to donate her kidney was “a long time coming.” While she has been called a hero in stories about the transplant, she feels “it’s not heroic to help someone who needs help”—it is just the right thing to do. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Kidney transplant, Kidney failure
Kidney Today from the American Kidney Fund brings you voices from the fight against kidney disease—patients, their loved ones, renal professionals and many others.
Jeff Pearlman's wife donated her kidney to a complete stranger. The story dates back several months, when Catherine was sitting in a Starbucks. She was doing our friend Bev a favor, and had a moment to spare, so it wasn’t a coffee shop she often frequents. Read more. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Stories, Kidney transplant
Read Matt Schneider's blog about his journey with kidney disease and why it inspired him to take a trip across the country to raise awareness on organ donation and encourage others to register as organ donors. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Dialysis, Living with kidney disease, Stories, Healthy living, Kidney transplant, Kidney failure
The first potential new treatment in decades for diabetic kidney disease was revealed in clinical trial results published this month in the New England Journal of Medicine. READ MORE >>TOPICS:
When I was diagnosed with advanced kidney disease at age 29, it came as a shock. Otherwise healthy and athletic, I had gone to the emergency room experiencing fever and back pain. Within a few years, they told me, I would need to start dialysis, unless I could find a donor for a kidney transplant. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Stories, Kidney transplant