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AMERICAN KIDNEY FUND

AMERICAN KIDNEY FUND

Left: The green ribbon represents kidney disease awareness. Above: Georgians attend an
American Kidney Fund free health screening in Atlanta. Screenings can be held at different venues, including churches, corporate offices, community centers, colleges, festivals
and dialysis centers. To learn more about the American Kidney Fund's Know Your Kidneys
campaign, visit kidneyfund.org/knowyourkidneys.

a donor, then I would be on immunosuppressive drugs for the
remainder of the life of the donor kidney, and working in a hospital would expose me to viruses and illnesses that my immune
system wouldn't be able to take."
Prince had to take medication that slows the progression of
her disease but also causes birth defects.
"It was really hard to take because ever since I could probably walk and talk, I had dreamed of being a mother," she says.
Prince felt lost. "That whole year was a very sad time for
me. ... I remember just praying, 'OK. So, if I don't go to school
for nursing, then what do I finish up my schooling with?'"
She decided to get a business degree and work for a state
agency.
"I knew I would need an employer that would not frown
upon my taking time off from work because it definitely got to a
point where I was tired often," she recalls.
In 2013, Prince reached complete renal failure. Her
younger brother Paxton immediately volunteered to donate one
of his kidneys, and after tests revealed he was a good match,
the transplant was performed at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital in
Atlanta.
Today, Prince's life has vastly improved.
"It makes me want to give back more," she says. "I am a
mentor for the National Kidney Foundation and the Georgia
Transplant Foundation. I'm also in advocacy for those who are
dealing with renal failure. It makes me want to be supportive of
those people because I didn't know there was a support system
out there. I was just kind of going through it with my doctors.
"I'm so thankful to have a second chance at life."
Victoria Scharf DeCastro is a freelance writer based in
Suwanee.

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How you can help
American Kidney Services
Support the American Kidney Fund's efforts by donating
used clothing and household items to American Kidney
Services (AKS). Proceeds go directly to the American Kidney
Fund. AKS offers donation pickup and drop-off locations.
(855) 840-0926. akspickup.org.

Donate Life Georgia
Did you know you can save up to eight lives and improve
the lives of many more as an organ, tissue and eye donor?
Simply join Georgia's organ donor registry online, when
renewing your driver's license online or when obtaining or
renewing your license at a local driver's license office.
(866) 577-4273. donatelifegeorgia.org.

Atlanta Kidney Walk
Take part in the Atlanta Kidney Walk on May 16 at Atlantic
Station in Atlanta. This National Kidney Foundation fundraiser walk helps raise awareness of kidney disease and
the need for organ donation. (770) 452-1539, ext. 611.
kidneywalk.org.
For more information
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American Kidney Fund, kidneyfund.org
Georgia Transplant Foundation, gatransplant.org
Health Resources & Services Administration, organdonor.gov
United Network for Organ Sharing, unos.org

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http://www.kidneyfund.org/knowyourkidneys http://www.akspickup.org http://www.donatelifegeorgia.org http://www.kidneywalk.org http://www.kidneyfund.org http://www.gatransplant.org http://www.organdonor.gov http://www.unos.org

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