Ken was just ten years old when he was diagnosed with kidney disease. His doctors tried to treat the condition for years, but by the time Ken was in college, it was clear he would need a kidney transplant.
His kidney transplant allowed him to graduate with a medical degree. He was able to do physical activities that he could not do before the transplant.
Today, Ken works in pediatric nephrology, where he helps children who are faced with dialysis and kidney transplantation.
Unfortunately, due to organ rejection, Ken is now on dialysis and on the waiting list for a second kidney transplant.
“I had 10 good years with this kidney transplant,” he said. “Transplants help us get to a better quality of life. We can’t reach full potential without a working kidney.”
To give back, Ken has volunteered at various organ procedure organizations and has participated on panels for medical students to educate them about the need for organ donors and continued research in transplantation.
Update: Ken received his second kidney in July 2018