Sunday, June 26, 2016

For Potomac Falls woman, a brave jump

Potomac Station resident Courtney Prosser Alexander rappelled off the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore last year. She will make the same jump again today. Courtesy Photo
LOUDOUN TIMES | Allison Cuevas

Jumping off of a 15-story ledge is scary, but is it scarier than finding out you have a chronic kidney disease?

On Saturday, the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland will host its 7th Annual Rappel for Kidney Health event. Participants will jump off of a 15-story ledge at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore to raise funds and awareness about the effects of kidney issues.

According to the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, more than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney diseases, making it the ninth leading cause of death in the United States. Most people don't know they're at risk for kidney disease until the condition has progressed.

This was the case for Potomac Station resident Courtney Prosser Alexander, who has a strong family history of Polycystic Kidney Disease with her mother, uncle and sister all being diagnosed.

In her mid-20s, Alexander went to her doctor’s office to find out if she was a match to donate a kidney to her mother. Instead, Alexander discovered cysts covering both of her own kidneys. Continue reading
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