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Washington Redskins Player Reed Doughty Named Honorary Chairman of Kidney Walk on April 19

Michele Anthony | 4/1/2009, 7:28 a.m.

Washington Redskins Safety Reed Doughty will serve as Honorary Chairman of the Ronald D. Paul Companies Kidney Walk hosted by the National Kidney Foundation Serving the National Capital Area on Sunday, April 19 at the Mall at Prince George€s in Hyattsville, Maryland. The Kidney Walk is a 5K pledge-based event designed to raise awareness and funds to support the Foundation€s programs and services.

Doughty has a personal interest in the cause. His son Micah was born with kidney failure in August 2006 and endured months of medications and daily dialysis until he was ready for a kidney transplant. In March 2008, he received the transplant with a kidney donated by his mother, Katie. Both are doing well and Katie has recently given birth to their second son, Caleb.

Now Doughty is on a personal mission. €I am committed to raising awareness about kidney disease and its leading causes, diabetes and hypertension. My son€s kidney failure was not preventable, but for so many Washingtonians it is,€ said Doughty.

Joining him in the fight are individuals whose lives have been touched by kidney disease and organ donation. Kidney Walk Co-Chair Quandra Lee was diagnosed with kidney failure in her senior year of high school.
Lee went on dialysis and eventually received a kidney from her mother Gillian Bates. Ten years later Lee€s kidney failed while on her honeymoon and she returned to dialysis before receiving another kidney from her brother-in-law, Rev. Tony Lee.

In summer 2008, City of Hyattsville Mayor Bill Gardiner, donated a kidney to his cousin Randy Martin, who suffered from polycystic kidney disease (PKD). Mayor Gardiner said his surgery was minimally disruptive and he was back to his normal routine in a few weeks. €I hope others who have friends and relatives needing kidney transplants will consider becoming a donor,€ says Gardiner. Gardiner joins Doughty as Honorary Co-Chair of the Kidney Walk.

The Ronald D. Paul Companies, the event€s title sponsor, will match dollar for dollar all pledges and corporate sponsorships . Funds raised will help support the National Kidney Foundation€s programs in research, patient services, public and physician education, and organ donation awareness. Other Walk sponsors include The Washington Informer, WPGC, and Amgen.

More than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease and most don€t know it. Millions more are at risk due to diabetes and hypertension, the leading causes of kidney disease. The Washington, DC area leads the nation in the prevalence of kidney disease, with more than 700,000 people affected, nearly 6,000 on dialysis, and more than 1,600 waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant. Although anyone at any time can get kidney disease, African Americans suffer disproportionately. While African Americans make up 12 percent of the U.S. population, they account for nearly one in three kidney failure patients and are nearly four times as likely to develop the disease as Whites.

To participate in the Kidney Walk, register online at www.kidneywalk.org or call the National Kidney Foundation at 202-244-7900. You can set up your own web page and customize it with your personal story and pictures. Email the page€s link to friends, family, and co-workers and ask them to donate and walk with you. Then join us on April 19 for lots of activities and fun, all in the name of a very important cause. WI