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The Kidney Recruiters
Somerville, Ball Square
643 Broadway St. Somerville, MA 02145
Somerville High School Educates on the Importance of Kidney Donations
Location & Address
Somerville High School, 81 Highland Ave, Somerville 02143
In honor of DCI’s 40th anniversary ‘The Kidney Recruiters’ organized both a project and event for high school students to help raise awareness of kidney donation. The team approached the students and staff at the Center for Career and Technical Education at Somerville High School and asked them to help spread the word. ‘The Kidney Recruiters’ worked with teachers to engage the students to participate, the teachers taking time in class to educate them on kidney disease and transplantation with material provided by ‘The Kidney Recruiters’. The students were then asked to work individually and use their creativity to make a moving and informative poster or essay.
On April 26th 2011, ‘The Kidney Recruiters’ put together a program of education on kidney donation, including doctor and patient speakers as well as videos on transplantation. The room was filled with approximately 80 students who sat captivated by the speakers who shared their own personal and professional experience with kidney disease and transplantation.
‘The Kidney Recruiters’ were extremely honored to have Dr. Andrew Levey, Chief of the Division of Nephrology at Tufts Medical Center, not only in attendance at the event, but also as a guest speaker. Dr.Levey spoke eloquently on his professional work as well as his recent personal experience of donating a kidney to his wife through a “3-way swap”. Two current DCI Somerville patients also participated as guest speakers, one who has had a transplant that failed placing her back on peritoneal dialysis and the other who is a young hemodialysis patient that has since received a kidney transplant from a deceased organ donor. A video documenting a former DCI Somerville patient was also shown which shared the story of a young man whose father donated a kidney to him.
The second part of the program was the announcement of the winners for the essay and poster project on the theme of kidney donation awareness. There was an excellent response with over 40 students participating. Cameras were presented to the three poster winners to help them in their graphic arts endeavors. The four essay winners received book awards, sponsored by DCI, at their Student Award Ceremony which ‘The Kidney Recruiters’ were invited to attend and present the awards.
‘The Kidney Recruiters’ team had a stand with lots of giveaways advertising kidney donation including T-shirts, magnets, stickers and tattoos for everyone attending the event. A magnified poster of a driver’s license application was on display to show how easy it is to become an organ donor. The president of The Kidney Transplant Dialysis Association (KT/DA) was in attendance at the event with an informational stand where he was able to answer questions regarding his non-profit organization as well as his personal stance on kidney donation. The event was filmed by the local television network and has aired numerous times on Somerville Cable TV to help others in the community benefit from the information provided on the importance of kidney donation.
Date & Time
April 26, 2011, 9 AM - 11:00 AM
For More Information
Jane Maxim @ DCI Somerville 617-616-3600
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