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NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning is at the Top of his Game When It Comes to Spreading the Word About Chronic Kidney Disease
Date:3/5/2008

ondition in which the kidneys are unable to function effectively. Many people, including Mourning before his diagnosis, do not realize that they have chronic kidney disease, or are at risk for developing it, until they have reached the advanced stages of the condition. This is significant, because roughly 20 million Americans are estimated to have chronic kidney disease, and another 20 million are at increased risk. The incidence of CKD appears to be correlated to diabetes and high blood pressure. Diabetes is the leading cause of CKD in the U.S.

About the AAKP and the AAKP Life Membership Award

The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) is the voluntary, patient organization, which, for more than 35 years, has been dedicated to improving the lives of fellow kidney patients and their families by helping them deal with the physical, emotional and social impact of kidney disease. The programs offered by AAKP inform and inspire patients and their families to better understand their condition, adjust more readily to their circumstances, and assume more normal, productive lives in their communities.

The AAKP Honorary Life Membership Award is given to an individual as an expression of long-term dedication to helping kidney patients achieve a better quality of health and life. These contributions, whether they have been in research, leadership or mentorship, have a lasting impact on the kidney community and demonstrate a lifetime commitment to the progress against kidney disease. Past winners include celebrity chef Katie Lee Joel and musician Isaac Hayes. These individuals have used their celebrity status to advance AAKP's mission and have generously donated their time to educate kidney patients, friends of the kidney community and the general public about renal disease. For more information, visit the AAKP Web site, http://www.aakp.org.

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