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[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]April is Donate Life Month, a chance to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation and the benefits of organ transplants. Because there is currently no treatment to prevent the development of kidney failure in people with Alport syndrome, this is a topic of great significance within our community.

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]March 10, 2016 is World Kidney Day, a global awareness campaign to emphasize the importance of the two bean-shaped organs located in the back of our abdomens. The 2016 theme stresses the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of children with renal disease, a topic of particular interest to the Alport syndrome community.

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Note: This blog entry was updated August 30, 2019. Those preparing for Hurricane Dorian are strongly encouraged to visit the FEMA website and additional kidney-related emergency preparedness links at the conclusion of this post.   When emergencies strike, we often feel helpless. For patients with renal diseases like Alport syndrome and other conditions requiring special needs, natural disasters and other unexpected events can be especially traumatic.
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