LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – Ali Hooks says, “I was so blessed and blessed to be able to receive a kidney transplant a few years ago and with that ended up becoming a member of the South Plains Kidney Foundation.
Ali Hooks was 18 when she received a new kidney, now she helps guide other kidney failure patients in their diagnosis. She says the support of someone who’s been through it makes a huge difference.
“I help patients who are really thinking about transplants and kind of give my experience to people who are going through the same things I am,” Hooks said.
The South Plains Kidney Foundation focuses on patients who may have just been diagnosed and are unaware of the options available to them.
Chief Executive, Amie Duemer, explains that this is why educational seminars are so important: “It’s about patients and their family members – people in the community who have just been told they have a disease renal. So it’s a great way for people to talk to each other, learn more about kidney disease and the options available to them.
The foundation also works to raise awareness about the causes of kidney disease.
“Dialysis patients usually have high blood pressure or diabetes, which are the two main causes of kidney disease,” Duemer said.
She says making patients aware of the signs is the first step to reducing complications of kidney disease.
For more information on the South Plains Kidney Foundation, click here.
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