Kidney Disease Will Not Stop Dreams

World Kidney Day is a global awareness day focused on the importance of our kidneys and chronic kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease is incurable and affects 1 in every 10 people worldwide. Although the severity of the disease varies, it affects an individual’s ability to prevent the build up of wastes and fluids, keeping levels of electrolytes stable, the creation hormones that benefit our bodies, regulating our bodies blood pressure, making red blood cells, as well as keeping our bones strong.


With all the kidney does, we can only imagine, how difficult life without a properly functioning Kidney would be, let alone being a professional athlete.  However, two athletes, with one striving for the Olympics (Quentin Butler) and the other a Paralympic Gold Medalist (Amy Purdy) have undergone massive kidney issues.  



Quentin Butler, who was a contestant on the show “The Next Olympic Hopeful” (goo.gl/r4DM8C) was undergoing his routine pre-camp physical at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, but what was found was anything but routine.  Quentin stated, “They found out I had kidney failure.”  Instead of pursuing skeleton camp, he immediately became hospitalized.  Just last week, Quentin received his Kidney Transplant and we are certain that we will not see the last of this incredible competitor (goo.gl/3bky7J).

Video of Quentin leaving the hospital last week: https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/971183344607223813

Amy Purdy, was an avid snowboarder, but her dreams came to a halt after contracting bacterial meningitis. Given a 2 percent chance of survival, Amy was placed on life support and both of her legs needed to be amputated. She also needed a kidney transplant due to the vast amount of toxins circulating through her body.  Years later, she designed her own prosthesis to help her snowboard again and made a comeback, founded the non-profit Adaptive Action Sports, starred in the Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars, provided an inspiring Ted Talk (youtu.be/N2QZM7azGoA), wrote a book, designed an athletic clothing line, as well as medalist in the New Zealand Winter Games and Winter Paralympics.  We can only imagine what is in store for Amy at the 2018 Winter Paralympics.




Just like what Quentin and Amy experienced, kidney issues happen so often through the people we help at NTI.  Quentin and Amy both made comebacks. If you are on SSI or SSDI, have kidney issues, but looking to get back to work maybe NTI can help through our job services.    Register today at goo.gl/dHXznn. It only takes 5-minutes to complete.


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