You've Got to Be Kidney-ing Me

Thursday, 28 September 2017

A good friend, and my brother's partner, Haylee lost her father suddenly to kidney disease two years ago.

Bud Erwin was a tall, funny, kind, and caring person. He loved Kentucky basketball, OSU football, and enjoyed cooking for his family and friends. I never had the fortune to meet him but I've loved learning more about him over the years.

This past weekend we participated in Columbus, Ohio's Kidney Walk and supported funds raised to go to awareness and research about kidney disease. In her spare time, away from her busy work schedule, Haylee put a walk team together and tirelessly raised funds by promoting the cause on social media.

She came up with a clever name for the team: You've Got to Be Kidney-ing Me and raised more than $2,000.

If those efforts weren't enough, the director of the Kidney Foundation asked Haylee to tell her story and share about her father. She did a most wonderful job. I know her mother was very proud of her and Bud would also be extremely proud.

Haylee implored the crowd to pay attention to warning signs such as back pain, high blood pressure, itching, swelling of feet, and other symptoms. Bud suffered some of these elements, including Diabetes, but just thought he was "getting old." He was in his 50s. He finally went to the doctor and they found a 11 inch tumor on his kidney. They were unable to save him.

Kudos to Haylee, her mother Gail, her sister Hannah, her friends Nick, and Mandi, and to my brother, Dannen, for spending a beautiful September morning to bring awareness to kidney problems. We are already making plans for our team for next year.

The Columbus Kidney Walk teams raised a total of more than $60,000. *I took the photos.

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