Adrian Miller’s story
"I give everything I can to help the needy and I want to make sure that my money is going to someone and they're getting a majority of that money. And when I found out AKF does that, it makes me want to work even harder for them to fundraise."
Making more transplants possible
High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure, something that Adrian Miller learned too late.
“I went to the emergency room and they took my blood pressure. I was basically on the verge of a stroke. Within 45 minutes, I had a nephrologist outside the door. She told me that my kidneys were completely done. There was no coming back and that I needed to start dialysis,” Adrian said.
Adrian’s daughter was his main motivation to not give up. He started taking control of his health: He joined a gym, started eating healthier and lost over 100 pounds. Although he was making strides, his kidney failure was irreversible.
Adrian was listed for a transplant, but also sought out help from friends and family. Numerous people offered to be Adrian’s living donor, but most could not afford to take time off from work. He eventually received a kidney from the waiting list, but he knows that not everyone is so fortunate.
The average wait time for a kidney is 3 to 5 years; that’s precious time that many people don’t have. More living kidney donors are needed to help cut down the wait time and save more lives.
That’s why Adrian works with AKF to advocate for better protections for living kidney donors and to foster a system that encourages living organ donation. He also raises money for AKF as a KidneyNation fundraiser, recently by holding a zumbathon at his gym.
“I give everything I can to help the needy and I want to make sure that my money is going to someone and they’re getting a majority of that money. And when I found out AKF does that, it makes me want to work even harder for them to fundraise,” Adrian said, whose compassion and advocacy is moving the needle forward for kidney patients and living donors.