Kidney Patient Press Conference on Capitol Hill

PR NEWSWIRE | National Kidney Foundation

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today on Capitol Hill kidney patients, living organ donors and Members of Congress held a press conference to urge support for living donors and passage of The Living Donor Protection Act 2017. More than 100,000 Americans are waiting for a kidney transplant right now. Links to broadcast footage available via Vimeo and Dropbox. Several Members of Congress spoke not only as legislators but as "Mom" and "Dad" detailing the personal struggles their own children faced with kidney problems early in childhood and the devastating toll kidney disease takes on patients and families.

Press conference speakers included: Kevin Longino, CEO, NKF; Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY); Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA); Representative Brett Guthrie, (R-KY); Kent Bressler, kidney recipient, Kerrville, TX; Kelly Cline, mother of kidney recipient Hannah Shelton, Glen Allen, VA; Alex Fox, kidney donor, Star, ID; Ewo, Harrell, kidney recipient, Providence, RI; Christopher Melz, kidney donor, Huntington Station, NY; Luis and Noelia Rodriguez, kidney recipient and donor, Sioux Falls, SD; and Matthew Scroggy, kidney recipient, Columbus, OH. View remarks for Press Conference Speakers.

Kevin Longino, CEO, National Kidney Foundation, stressed the need to remove barriers to living donation to help solve the long wait list time for patients to receive a deceased donor organ. "Twelve kidney patients die every day waiting. Increasing living organ donation could help solve the wait list problem," he said. Representative Nadler, a long-time champion for kidney patients, spoke of his staff person whose child needed a kidney transplant and The Living Donor Protection Act, which he introduced last week to help protect living donors and increase donation. In her heartfelt remarks, Continue reading