Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Miles for Madison
May 31, 2016
Miles for Madison: In Honor of Madison Young
Entering her senior year of high school, Madison Young lived like a normal seventeen-year-old girl. She was gearing up for the start of her volleyball season when her mom took her to the doctor for what seemed to be an ankle injury. The result? Madison’s blood pressure had skyrocketed, revealing that she was suffering from kidney disease and needed a kidney transplant immediately.
Nationwide, more than 120,000 people are waiting for organ transplants. More than 100,000 of those people are waiting for a kidney transplant. Luckily for Madison, the wait wasn’t too long because of the overwhelming support and willingness of her family members to donate. Madison’s mom, Sandy, donated her kidney on November 23, 2015, just three months after Madison was diagnosed.
Madison’s condition never stopped her from living her life. Her determined mindset along with her supportive team allowed her to finish her senior year volleyball season, despite undergoing surgery for her new kidney. Next year, Madison will continue her volleyball career as a Freshman at Benedictine University.
According to Sandy Young, “Madison is so determined to live her life. There’s so much more to her than her kidney disease. It is just a little part of her life.”
Madison, Sandy, and their family and friends will participate in Walk for Kidneys this year on June 25th as a way to give back for all of the love and support she has received. The team has raised more than $1,600 so far and hopes to raise more by the day of the walk.
“We can never repay [our family and friends] for their kindness, but we can pay it forward. There needs to be more awareness of kidney disease, and more resources to help fight it,” Madison’s mom, Sandy said passionately, when asked why she’s walking.
About the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois improves the health and well-being of people at risk for and affected by kidney disease through prevention, education and empowerment