No African American suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
To education the African American Community about the causes, treatment and resources for CKD
An estimated 37 million Americans have chronic kidney disease
African Americans account for 35% of all kidney failure cases
Americans of African ancestry are 4-5 times more likely to develop kidney failure than Americans of European descent
African Americans have higher rates of diabetes and high blood pressure, the primary causes of chronic kidney failure, than the white population.
Standard treatments for kidney failure are dialysis and kidney transplant
While 28.5 percent of the total candidates currently waiting for transplants are African Americans, they comprised 12.9 percent of organ donors in 2020.
Of that 28.5 percent of African Americans waiting for a transplant in 2020, only 27.7 percent received a kidney, as opposed to 47.6 percent of whites waiting for a transplant.
Additionally, in 2020, 16.4 percent of African Americans were living donors compared to 33.4 percent of white living donors.
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How You Can Help
What We Know
We know Kidney transplants save lives and improve the quality of life
We know that you only need one kidney to live a healthy life
We know the transplant waitlist can be long (avg wait time 2-8 years)
We know the number of donors in the African American community is disproportionate to the need
We Know part of the unwillingness to donate is fear (doctors, medical system finances) and lack of kidney education
We know that African Americans need additional help finding a donor
We know the process for donating a kidney is simple and straightforward and does not cost you
Our goal is to create an easy access list of 500 Friends and Family members that are willing to be potential donors!