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Adamson to promote kidney action

Published 9:28am Thursday, March 6, 2014

Audrey Adamson of Wetumpka has been chosen by the American Kidney Fund (AKF) to participate in the organization’s fifth annual Kidney Action Day on Capitol Hill today.

Adamson and 12 other patient-advocates from across the nation will participate in a variety of events in Washington, D.C. She is a member of AKF’s Advocacy Network, which includes more than 3,200 kidney patients and caregivers nationwide.

The annual Capitol Hill event provides AKF’s advocates a chance to meet with lawmakers on issues of importance to people living with kidney disease.

Adamson was diagnosed five years ago with chronic kidney disease when she was just 27 years old. She had no previous health issues and was shocked to learn her kidneys were not functioning properly.

She is currently managing her condition with medication and has adopted a healthy, active lifestyle.

“There is no stereotype for kidney disease,” Adamson said. “If it can happen to a 20-something with a relatively good diet, it can happen to anyone.”

During meetings with Congressional offices, Adamson and other patient-advocates will focus on maintaining access to quality care for people living with kidney failure. Advocates will discuss the importance of adequate funding for the Medicare ESRD program as well as the need to ensure transplant patients have access to immunosuppressive medications.

Advocates will also urge increased federal support for the institutions and organizations engaged in research, education and prevention efforts aimed at the fight against kidney disease, which is the nation’s ninth leading cause of death.

“We are proud to bring such a dedicated group of patient-advocates to Washington to share their stories with Congressional offices,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of the American Kidney Fund.

For more information about the American Kidney Fund, visit www.kidneyfund.org.

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