PHILADELPHIA, March 16, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In honor of National Kidney Month in March, a family of six sisters – all involved in healthcare in one way or another – have launched a campaign to share their unique and powerful story about kidney health as a way to raise awareness.
The six sisters, Shari Karpo (dental hygienist, Philadelphia, PA); Lisa Sparkler (a nurse, Philadelphia, PA); Erica Reisman (a health care/insurance professional, Cherry Hill, NJ); Renee Goodman (physical therapist, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania); Jennifer Spector (a speech therapist, Doylestown, PA); and Carla Sparkler (from Mullica Hill, NJ – director of marketing for a specialty pharmacy company), share a passion for helping others.
Eldest sister Shari actually donated one of her kidneys to second eldest sister Lisa, who was suffering from chronic kidney disease, when it was discovered that she was the only compatible in the family.
The family, also a passionate diabetes education activist and longtime JDRF supporter, volunteer and fundraiser, wanted to expand their public education efforts to include kidney health. The sisters were moved to share their unique and personal kidney story for National Kidney Month, hoping to inspire action on behalf of the 37 million Americans who suffer from kidney disease, also known as kidney disease. name of chronic kidney disease.
“As the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years has led to creating more challenges for kidney patients, we felt a sense of urgency to bring our story to the general public,” explained Carla Sparkler. “Whether or not you or a loved one has kidney disease, it is critically important that more people go online to learn about kidney disease prevention, early detection, treatment, research and access to transplants, including living organ donation, which saved my sister’s life and I hope our story will reach others to become aware of it.”
“With millions of adults in the United States living with kidney disease and an additional 80 million Americans at risk of developing it, our entire family is dedicated to promoting improved kidney health education and information. and screenings,” Sparkler added. “Kidney disease is a vastly underestimated public health crisis. This year, more than ever, we need to highlight the importance of good kidney health and the unique risk and burden that patients with kidney disease face with COVID-19 and its many variants.
Sparkler and her sisters urge everyone to visit the National Kidney Month resource website at https://www.kidney.org/content/national-kidney-month to find out how they can help educate or even get involved well beyond National Kidney Month.
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