Rally for Kidneys at Rosa Parks Circle
Saturday, July 28, 2012 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Who: All kidney transplant recipients and donors, their families and individuals who are on a waiting list to receive a kidney transplant
What: Raise awareness for kidney transplant/donation
Where: Rosa Parks Circle, downtown Grand Rapids
When: Saturday, July 28, 2012
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Why: 114,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant – most of them for kidneys. In partnership with The Transplant Games of America, The Kidney Foundation of Michigan, Gift of Life and American Diabetes Association (?), we are gathering at Rosa Parks to share our message and encourage people to sign up for donor registry.
This is not a ticketed event; however, to help us keep track of how many people are coming, please order tickets for each person in your party. Free T-shirts to the first 100 RSVP donor, recipients and event volunteers only. Thank you!
First 100 RSVPs receive a Free Rally T-shirt and are invited to walk with Team Michigan during TGA Opening Ceremonies after the rally (6:30 p.m. at Van Andel Arena).
All others are invited to participate in the rally and attend Opening Ceremonies.
Questions: 616.685.1896 or 616.685.6889
Saint Mary’s is a Gold Sponsor of the Transplant Games of America 2012.
When & Where
Kidney Transplant Program at Saint Mary's Health Care
The incidence of end-stage renal disease in our region continues to grow by 10 percent annually.
As the only adult kidney transplant program in West Michigan, The Kidney Transplant Program at Saint Mary’s Health Care has performed nearly 1,900 transplants since its inception in 1973. Considered one of the larger community-based hospital transplant efforts in the country, the program at Saint Mary’s consistently has the highest success rates in Michigan.
In 2011, the program earned the 2011 Patient Provider of the Year Award from the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan for the number of successful transplants performed, excellence and quality of care, programmatic updates and continuous improvements, updated and latest technology and most importantly, for making a difference saving lives.
The multidisciplinary Kidney Transplant team at Saint Mary’s includes a specialized staff of four transplant surgeons and three nephrologists – physicians trained in the diagnosis and management of kidney disease. The center offers advanced procedures and treatment options, such as the living kidney donor program. In 2010, nearly half of all kidney donations (47 percent) were given by living donors. These donors can undergo a minimally invasive surgery to speed recovery. Kidney recipients receive more effective steroid practices, which reduce the risk of organ rejection with fewer drug side effects.
And while most transplanted kidneys function for about 15 years, Saint Mary’s has multiple patients who are celebrating 38 years of post transplant health.
Kidney disease is on the rise statewide. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, an estimated 940,000 people have chronic kidney disease – almost one in eight residents. Even more troubling, thousands of them don’t know it yet.