Kidney Disease Survivors Applaud Congressional Kidney Caucus, National Institutes of Health, and Department of Health and Human Services

Improving care through research and innovation saves money and lives

Glendale, CA, October 02, 2018 --( The Renal Support Network (RSN) is a patient-run organization and fully supports the Congressional Kidney Caucus along with other kidney organizations in calling attention to the need for advancement in research, innovation and treatment for people who have chronic kidney disease. Innovation and research are vital to ensure progress in kidney care, dialysis and transplantation for the thousands of Americans who suffer from this disease.

RSN was thrilled to learn the Department of Health and Human Services’ Kidney Innovation Accelerator called KidneyX and the Congressional Kidney Caucus are focused on helping people who have chronic kidney disease have access to future advancements in care so we can live the lives we were meant to live.

RSN President and Founder, Lori Hartwell states, “More research and innovations are necessary in order to improve the quality of life and overall survival of people who have kidney disease whether they are in the early stages of the disease, on dialysis, or have a kidney transplant. I encountered the pioneering stages at age of two with dialysis therapy in 1968 and I am grateful for the innovation that has taken place to date to allow me to survive and thrive now with my 4th kidney transplant. I’m excited about what the future will bring with this commitment.”

One never wants to hear a diagnosis that they have kidney disease. Kidney diseases is a public health crisis and 1 in 10 people are at risk. This disease can be silent until the later stages of kidney failure. Investment in research is necessary to stimulate innovation in kidney care to delay or prevent this awful illness all together. With initiatives like this it brings millions of people hope that new therapies and treatment options will be developed to improve care and save lives.

The Renal Support Network (RSN) is a nonprofit patient-run organization that provides nonmedical services to those affected by chronic kidney disease. RSN strives to help patients (dialysis, kidney transplant, and newly diagnosed patients) develop their personal coping skills, special talents, and employability by educating and empowering them to take control of the course and management of their disease. RSN was founded by Lori Hartwell who is a kidney disease survivor since 1968.
The Renal Support Network
Suzette Maffi
(818) 284-6763