Seema knows the power of research. Families like hers urgently need your help.
Seema’s family have had it tough. Kidney disease and diabetes took her dad last year. Her brother has had one failed transplant and awful side effects on dialysis.
“Kidney disease runs in our family so Dad was adamant he didn’t want people wasting money on funeral flowers when every penny could go to research to help others. He wanted to make treatments better, make transplants last longer, dialysis less gruelling.” she said.
Harkishan, was 74 when he died at the height of the Covid lockdown, developed diabetes in his thirties. The loss of their jovial, fun-loving dad during such challenging times, has been hard. Seema said “We couldn’t visit regularly or hug, but we made up for it with Facetime calls. At one point my daughter got really upset as she couldn’t pop to Grandad’s and hug him.”
Meanwhile, her brother Sanjay, 48, began suffering with his health in his thirties, just like their dad.
But Seema remains grateful. Research gave her five extra years with her dad after his transplant. Her children got to know their grandad. Research meant that her brother’s second transplant was successful and he could start a family of his own.
Seema knows the power of research. But she also knows there’s so much more to do. She wants her brother’s kids to have their dad around for decades to come.
That’s why we are determined to transform treatments to help families like Seema’s.
Why we need your help.
- Imagine needing to go to hospital for four-hour dialysis sessions, three times a week, so a machine can keep you alive.
- Or being told your transplant has failed a week after the operation. A transplant you’ve waited years for.
- We don’t want patients to still be going through this in 20 years’ time.
- We must transform treatments and the change must start now.
In the UK, 5 people die every week waiting for a kidney transplant.
- 20 people develop kidney failure in the UK every day and need dialysis or a transplant to stay alive.
- Kidney disease costs the NHS £1.45bn a year, and kills more people than prostate cancer and breast cancer combined.
- Kidney research is drastically underfunded compared to other major diseases.
"Dad wanted to make treatments better, make transplants last longer, dialysis less gruelling.”
Seema Champaneri, her dad died from kidney failure
Kudz Munongi, 39
Kudz was a success story. After having dialysis for five years, he got a successful transplant. It lasted for 13 years and he followed his dream to become a university lecturer. But the transplant wasn’t for life. It failed. He’s now back at square one on dialysis. Help us make transplants last forever. Kudz wants his life back.
Paula Carberry, 52
Paula is three years into nightly dialysis at home. Three years into the wait for a transplant. Doctors say Paula will only have a 20% chance of a match if her wait stretches to five years. Her high antibody levels mean it’s more likely to fail. Research could improve these chances. Let’s transform treatments. Your contribution to research is vital for Paula.
Paul Cookson, 43
Paul is relying on a research lifeline. After four transplant rejections and 20 years on dialysis, he’s been told the chance of another transplant is slim. Unless treatments improve. Research could find a way to perform successful transplants on people like Paul. This is the kind of project we need to fund. And we need your help. Paul shouldn’t have to go through this.
What we can do together.
- We want transplants to last longer. Patients don’t need the worry of wondering if or when theirs will fail. They should be for life.
- We want to reduce the burden of treatment and improve patients’ quality of life. Treatments are incredibly disruptive and can make people feel very unwell. But this can be improved through research into better medical solutions.
- We want everyone to have equal access to treatments and care. 32% of people on the waiting list for a kidney transplant are from minority ethnic backgrounds. This isn’t good enough.
Patients deserve better.
Patients deserve better. Better treatments. Better futures. With your help, we can get there sooner and smash our £3 million target. Let’s transform treatments, starting today.
Your donations will go to crucial research into new and better treatments for kidney disease.
As part of the ADMIRE study ‘Assessing Donor kidneys and Monitoring Transplant REcipients’, Dr Maria Kaisar and her team at the University of Oxford will analyse blood samples from donors to develop a mathematical model to predict how well a donor kidney will function after transplant.
The Oxford team, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Nottingham and University College London, will also develop MRI scanning methods to assess donor organs before and after transplant. This study could help doctors accurately assess kidneys, transplant only the best and identify suitable kidneys from donors previously deemed too high risk.
Let's transform treatments.
You have the power to help. Together we can make a difference to patients’ lives.