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Why we need your help.
Kidney disease treatments are tough. Imagine needing to go to hospital three times a week for four-hour dialysis sessions. Your life depends on it. 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. The change needs to start now.
Chronic kidney disease affects one in nine people worldwide.
In the UK, 20 people develop kidney failure every day and need dialysis or a transplant to stay alive. It’s not a disease that affects a small number of people. It costs the NHS £1.45bn a year, and kills more people than prostate cancer and breast cancer combined. Kidney disease is a really big deal. But it’s not taken seriously enough. Not enough research is happening. And it’s not happening fast enough. This is where you come in. Your donation today will make a huge difference to patients’ lives.
“Dialysis isn’t painful but it’s exhausting. It’s a constant and relentless exhaustion.”
Alex Taylor, 27
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.
Stuart Allen, 37
Stuart lost his dad to kidney disease. He was always positive. He kept a smile through it all – kidney failure, blindness, diabetes. Stuart is honouring his inspiring dad by running the London Marathon this year. He wants the money raised to go towards improving treatments for kidney patients like his dad. You don’t have to run a marathon to help though. Help us transform treatments with a donation.
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.
How your donation can transform treatments
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.
Please donate today to people who are suffering with kidney disease.