Saturday, November 6, 2010

National Kidney Foundation

Every year my mom, sister, and I attend the Author's Luncheon (a fundraiser for the National Kidney Foundation). Here's our 2008 visit and our 2007 visit. Every year I leave the luncheon wanting to read every single author. Last Saturday, there were a few authors I really loved: Amy Krouse Rosenthal (the children's book author of Duck! Rabbit!) and Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry (see photo below).

This year the whole experience seemed a little more close to home, as Cole passed away from Multicystic Dysplastic Kidney Disease. Only one in 10,000 are affected with MCDK in both kidneys (like Cole), but 1 in 4300 are affected with MCDK in one kidney. Usually people with MCDK must have their infected kidney removed and sometimes need a kidney transplant (one of the National Kidney Foundation's missions is to help with transplantation).

We forgot to get a photo of my mom, sister, and me. =(


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