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'I Feel Empowered When I Help Empower Others'

Addrisa’s gift to the American Kidney Fund will help to further our efforts of helping people to protect themselves from kidney disease. If you would like to support the cause, please click here to make a contribution.

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Addrisa Ankrah, right, with her mother Sharon Dorsey and niece Ladiyah, at an American Kidney Fund's walkathon.

"Living with kidney disease myself, I’m passionate about fighting this deadly disease," says Addrisa Ankrah. "I know my gift will help ease the suffering of a sister or brother living with kidney disease.

"Being diagnosed at 22 with end-stage kidney disease was a shock. I cried. I was depressed and discouraged. But I was surrounded by special people who loved and encouraged me. I know now that instead of life ending with this devastating diagnosis, life began for me. I am not defined by this disease, but by who I am. Today, people tell me I inspire them with my smile and my energy, even after three hours of treatment at the dialysis center.

"I feel empowered when I help empower others. Living with kidney disease myself, I know what it means to receive desperately needed support. That’s why I decided to join the fight against kidney disease.

"I used my talent for writing poetry to host a poetry reading, with donations going to the American Kidney Fund. Then I invited my family and friends to join me in walking in AKF’s  fundraising walk. I know that every dollar I give will help someone like me who’s living with kidney disease."

 

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