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Andrea Dragoni

Andrea Dragoni

Why I Run
Right now, 37 million American adults are living with kidney disease, and I’m not okay with that. I run because 1 in 3 people are at risk for kidney disease. I run because more than 1 in 7 people have it but aren’t aware.

I run to raise funds that support the National Kidney Foundation, who was the first to identify kidney disease as a distinct, treatable illness. They developed the staged system of kidney disease diagnosis and treatment – a worldwide standard today – and release and update treatment guidelines to improve patient care.

Join me in making these advances possible by donating to my efforts!

Thank you for your support!

My Story
About 5 years ago after routine bloodwork, my sister, Jen learned that her kidney function was abnormal and that she had Chronic Kidney Disease.  This came as a surprise to our family because Jen is overall extremely healthy, athletic, and had no signs of any underlying conditions or health concerns.  Over the next 5 years, Jen stayed in close contact with her nephrologist who monitored her kidney function, which ultimately was slowly declining.  In early 2022, our family learned that in the near future, Jen would need a kidney transplant.  And this began the kidney journey for our family, who rallied around Jen to learn about Kidney Disease, kidney transplants, and do all the outreach we could to find my sister her perfect match.  My sister is 40 years young, so it is of utmost importance to us that we find her a living kidney donor.  And our journey to a kidney transplant is ongoing.

Why I am Fundraising 
Before learning about Jen's kidney disease, I had no idea that this was a real crisis in the world.  I started doing research, connecting with various kidney organizations, speaking with donors, recipients, and families who have been through this process with their own family members.  I spent countless hours on the National Kidney Foundation, the National Kidney Registry, and various websites to learn as much as I possibly could about Kidney Disease, how many people it has impacted, and how many people are patiently waiting for a kidney.  It breaks my heart to see so many undeserving humans around the world with declining kidney function waiting and hoping to get the call that they are receiving a deceased kidney or humbly going through the journey to find a living kidney donor.  No human should have to do this. I personally want to make a greater impact in the kidney community so I have joined forces with the National Kidney Foundation to raise awareness and fundraise for this incredible cause.  I am proud to be part of Team Kidney, and I am so excited to make Kidney Moves in helping people get the resources and treatment they need for their kidney journey.  Please join me in making a difference!



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