For those of you who were not aware.. My grandma was my biggest fan, my biggest supporter and she is a huge inspiration to me. After she passed away in November 2011, life has not been the same, it goes on.. but I really wish that she was here. I try to find ways in my work to make her proud and bring her out in my work!! In 2007 we learned that my grandma was in advanced stages of Chronic Kidney Disease, she was a diabetic and had quite a few health problems, a few that were from the diabetes. In January of 2008 my aunt donated one of her kidneys to my grandma (her mom), we thought it was going to make her better. Well while in the hospital my grandma had an allergic reaction to the blood thinner, and it ended up killing the new kidney. They had to remove the kidney, and then the only choice we had left was dialysis.
To make a long story short, we lost her after her fighting as long as she could on November 18, 2011. When we learned of her kidney issues, we started walking in our local kidney walk. To raise money to help spread awareness of Kidney Disease. For the past few years I have brainstormed a few ideas for raising money for our team. I finally decided to create a pattern that I could donate money from the sales to the National Kidney Foundation. I will also be taking orders and donating money from the sales as well!! It is a fast and fun pattern with a unique stitch!!
I will be donating $1 from every pattern sale and $5 from any hat sales in honor of my grandma, from our team Just Kidney'ng!!
I am just trying to help make a difference!! Thank you for your support and I hope you will find it in you to read the facts on Kidney Disease.
You can purchase the pattern here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/love-your-kidneys-beanie
If you would like to order a made to order hat in your choice of colors, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.kidney.org for more information.
Here are some facts about kidney disease!!
* 1 in 3 American adults is at high risk for developing kidney disease today.
* 1 in 9 American adults has kidney disease and most don't know
*High blood pressure and diabetes are the 2 leading causes of kidney disease.
*Major risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood
pressure, family history of kidney failure and being age 60 or
*Additional risk factors include kidney stones, smoking, obesity and
*Kidney disease kills over 90,000 Americans every years-- more than
breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
*Because kidney disease often has no symptoms, it can go undetected
until it is very advanced.
*Early detection and treatment can slow or prevent the progression of
*Those at risk should have simple blood and urine tests to check if
their kidneys are working prooperly.
*Black Americans are 3 times more likely to experience kidney
*Every 30 minutes, your kidneys filter all the blood in your body,
removing waste and excess fluid.
*Of 118,000 Americans currently on the waiting list for a lifesaving
organ transplant, more than 96,000 need a kidney. Fewer than 17,000 people
receive one each year.
*Every day 13 people die waiting for a kidney.
*Most people have 2 kidneys, but it is possible to live with only one.
(mine are fused together, meaning I 1 big one)
*Once the kidneys fail, dialysis or a kidney transplant is
*Approximately 415,000 Americans are on dialysis and approximately
180,000 live with a functioning kidney transplant.
THANK YOU AGAIN for your support!! I hope that you will find the facts
interesting and hope you will get checked out!!