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

ic Kidney Disease (CKD). According to the National Kidney Foundation, 1 in 9 Americans suffers from CKD, commonly the result of hypertension or diabetes, which left untreated can progress to kidney failure -- or End Stage Renal Disease. More than 400,000 Americans with ESRD must rely on quality dialysis services, or receive a transplant, to live.

Kidneys perform multiple essential functions. When the kidneys fail to function adequately, a replacement therapy must be chosen to sustain life. With appropriate intervention, patients with complete failure of their kidneys can live full, productive lives.

With over 20,000 members, DPC is the nation's largest dialysis patient organization. On a wide variety of issues, DPC seeks to ensure that the patients' point of view is heard and considered by policy makers so that continued progress may be made in the quality of care and life for patients with kidney disease. Additional information on DPC can be found at http://www.dialysispatients.org.


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