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Nation's Largest Dialysis Patient Organization Recognizes the Achievements of Patients and Leaders in Kidney Care
Date:9/24/2007

Patricia Orna, DPC President. "The actions of our award recipients truly inspire those within the kidney care community. Each and every one of our honorees has taken great steps toward improving the quality of life of all patients."

The Honorable Donna Christensen (D-VI) served as the keynote speaker for the event. A physician and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus' Health Braintrust, Representative Christensen spoke about the immediate need for Congress to address the rise of kidney disease and the importance of educational and awareness programs. With the number of individuals with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) expected to double in the coming years, Representative Christensen shared her commitment to the community to raise awareness about this disease among her colleagues on Capitol Hill.

DPC also recognized its DPC Heroes -- individuals who have gone above and beyond to positively impact kidney care in their community. The DPC Heroes in attendance were Ed Stizza from Fountain Hills, AZ; Malaysia Scott from Tuscaloosa, AL; Melvin Grayer from Lincoln, NE; and Mickey Sherman from Oklahoma City, OK. Eighty-four-year-old Mickey Sherman was joined by Debra Sternberg from http://www.gotswing.com and danced to the Chattanooga Choo- choo.

The Awards Gala was the culmination of a week of advocacy and policy training for 43 kidney patients and their family members. DPC members met with 90 Congressional offices to discuss issues important to kidney patients including the Kidney Care Quality and Education Act (KCQEA). This important piece of bi-partisan legislation establishes patient education and disease management programs to inform patients about how to identify and manage kidney disease and how to prevent kidney failure. Direct patient advocacy is DPC's main tool to achieve its mission of improving the quality of life of dialysis patients.

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