The Bionic Kidney Campaign
The current reality
In this country alone, 25 million people suffer from chronic kidney disease and risk going into kidney failure. And, while only 20,000 donor kidneys are available each year, nearly 117,000 patients are waiting on the transplant list in desperate need of a kidney. My mom Barbara is one of them.
Barbara is a fiercely loving wife, mother, and grandmother, with immense passion and a supportive song for everything. She is our compass, and we'd be lost without her. My family is committed to finding her a living donor match right now to keep her in our lives.
The possibility for the future
The promise this campaign holds is that, in the future, no other family will have to experience what mine is going through. That’s because a better solution is on the horizon.
A talented team of researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, led by Dr. Shuvo Roy and known as The Kidney Project, is creating a bioartificial kidney as a permanent solution to ESRD. It will eliminate the need for donor organs, which are in short supply, as well as dialysis—a short-term, costly treatment, that is very hard on the body.
Phase 2 of this exciting research includes in-human testing starting in 2018. The intensity of The Kidney Project's work will cost $3 million a year. Our donations allow them to hire more personnel, expedite their ordering, and purchase additional equipment. In short, more funds allow The Kidney Project to work at a faster pace. If they receive the necessary funding, they expect to arrive at the final stages of clinical trials and regulatory approval by 2020, after which regulatory approval would quickly follow! The Kidney Project has been selected for inclusion in the FDA's new Expedited Access Pathway program to speed development, evaluation, and review of medical devices that meet major unmet needs in fighting life-threatening or irreversibly debilitating diseases.
Let's raise the money they need to save the lives of the people we love! Please give a personally meaningful donation today.