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The Dallas Examiner | 5/9/2017, 3:12 p.m.
African Americans are three times more likely to develop kidney failure than White Americans. Despite that fact that African Americans ...

The Dallas Examiner

DALLAS

African Americans are three times more likely to develop kidney failure than White Americans. Despite that fact that African Americans make up only 12 percent of the U.S. population, African Americans make up 35 percent of patients awaiting kidney transplants, according to the Southwest Transplant Alliance.

Nearly half of African Americans have at least one risk factor for kidney disease, yet less than 3 percent believe it’s a serious medical concern. Furthermore, kidney disease has no symptoms and can go unnoticed until it has reached an advanced stage, according to the National Kidney Foundation.

At a rate of 80 percent, diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease, stated Mark Davis, NKF regional program director. High blood pressure is the second leading cause. Other causes are autoimmune diseases, genetic diseases, nephritic syndrome and urinary tract problems.

“The main focus is people need to watch their salt intake and not overload on sodium,” Davis said.

Another factor in kidney failure is obesity.

“Obesity increases the risk of developing major risk factors of chronic kidney disease,” Davis said. “Like diabetes and high-blood pressure, it has a direct impact on the development of CKD and end stage renal disease. The good news is that obesity, as well as CKD, is largely preventable.”

Janice Gammons, a dialysis nurse with U.S. Liberty Center in Wylie, said there are a lot of myths About what the kidneys actually do.

“They filter waste products,” Gammons said.

In order to help patients and those suffering from end stage renal disease, the NKF is sponsoring a Kidney Walk on Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Levitt Pavilion, located at 100 W. Abram St. in Arlington. For more information and registration, visit http://www.kidney.org.

DALLAS

The 26th annual Kidd’s Kids trip to Walt Disney World is scheduled for Nov. 16-20 for many families whose children suffer from debilitating illnesses and physical challenges.

The five-day trip is a rare opportunity for Kidd’s Kids and their families to escape hospitals and treatment centers and share laughter, fun and all the excitement of the magical environment that a Walt Disney World getaway can offer.

“This trip is a blessing to everyone involved, from the kids and their families to all of us who are blessed to join them,” said Caroline Kraddick, Kidd’s daughter and CEO and Chief Happiness Officer of Kidd’s Kids. “We can’t wait to start receiving applications this year so we can begin the process of inviting dozens of beautiful kids to join us on our annual trip to the magical world of Disney.”

Children selected for the trip are between the ages of 5 and 12 years old, suffer from a life-altering or life-threatening medical condition, demonstrate a financial need and reside in one of the areas in which the nationally syndicated Kidd Kraddick Morning Show airs.

Kraddick will once again lead this year’s trip, along with the cast of The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show.

The Kraddick Foundation covers all expenses and coordinates the entire experience, which includes airfare, hotel, park passes, meals, transportation, spending money, a special Disney character breakfast, two live broadcasts of the show, gifts and mementos from the trip. Most of the funding comes from donations made by listeners of The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show, corporate partners and various fundraising events.