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Take a walk for your kidneys

Posted by Wednesday, May 16, 2012

You never realize how precious life is until you are tested and tried beyond what you believe you can handle.   Miracles happen or maybe it is the advancement of the medical technology nowadays that gives people more of a fighting chance.  No matter which you believe, it is always nice when you can give to a cause that will help others.
I got the chance to do so.  I got the chance to show my boys that it’s always nice to give of yourself and time for someone else to have a fighting chance. 
On May 6th, 2012, the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland sponsored their 10th Annual walk at the Baltimore Zoo.    The National Kidney Foundation was founded in 1950 by Harry and Ada DeBold.  My family and I had the pleasure of taking part in this to raise money to help in the fight preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases and improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease.
We joined Zachary Harriss, team Zack Attack, in this endeavor. 
Zachary Harriss, a vibrant 12 year old who has a love for baseball and an even bigger love for the Baltimore Ravens, has been living with kidney disease since birth.  Zach has a rare genetic condition called Branchio-Oto-Renal (BOR) syndrome, which caused him to be born with only a small piece of a kidney.  He was on dialysis for a year and a half before he could receive his kidney transplant which was done on September 13, 2001; right before his 2nd birthday. 
Throughout his courageous 12 years, he has had many surgeries such as:  feeding tubes, dialysis tube placement, tear ducts, and a VP shunt in his brain.  This disease has not slowed him down.  He is a remarkable 7th grader who has made the honor roll, plays baseball, and loves spending time with family and friends.  He is a normal kid who has a love for life.
Zachary has been very involved in the kidney walk for the past 9 years, and has recruited tons of family and friends, to join him.  This year, this walk will be remembered as the best one yet!  Not only did he exceed his goal in raising $1000 (the actual was over $4000), he was chosen to cut the ribbon with Ravens #99 Paul Kruger.  This was a dream come true for a special boy with many years ahead of him.  A boy that was given a chance to live his life as it should, all because of someone who gave not only their time, but a part of them.
We tend to take our health and life for granted on a daily basis, and forget that there are people out there who are in need.  We will go about our busy lives until something affects us personally.  It is then that we seek the help and support of others.  Right now, you have the chance to give something of yourself whether it is time or money to give someone a fighting chance to have the normalcy that you have. 
Don’t let life pass you by without making a difference. 


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