FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC – Washington Redskins Safety Reed Doughty joined the National Kidney Foundation at a Capitol Hill Reception to kick off World Kidney Day on March 11, where participants included Vince Curatola of “The Sopranos,” Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), co-chairs of the Congressional Kidney Caucus, as well as other Members of Congress, kidney patients, and partner organizations.
At the reception, Doughty spoke about his son Micah who was born with kidney failure, and the months of medications and daily dialysis Micah endured before 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. The Washington, DC area has the highest prevalence of kidney disease in the nation. The NKF Serving the National Capital Area offers free screening for people who are at risk for kidney disease. Through early detection, kidney disease and its complications can be prevented or delayed.
The National Kidney Foundation has named Doughty honorary chair of the Ronald D. Paul Companies Kidney Walk on 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.
In addition, Doughty will serve as a celebrity judge at the National Kidney Foundation’s DC101 Chili Cook-Off on May 16 at RFK Stadium. The Cook-Off, an all-day festival, will feature 101 of the region’s top chili cooks competing for top honors, as well as a number of nationally-known musical acts. The event raises more than $1 million annually for the National Kidney Foundation to support its programs in research, patient services, public and physician education, and organ donation awareness.
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.