Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Team Bean

June 16, 2016

Chicago Kidneys: In Honor of Duane Clayton 

Prior to attending his annual physical, Duane had no reason to believe he suffered from kidney disease. His grandmother had been diagnosed with kidney disease, but Duane experienced no symptoms. However, to his surprise, high levels of protein indicated Duane suffered renal failure and would need a kidney transplant immediately.

More than 5,300 people in Illinois are waiting for an organ transplant. The wait for Duane Clayton? 9 years. At 11 A.M, on November 19th, 2012, Duane Clayton received a call that doctors had finally found a match-a gentleman he didn’t know who died in a car accident. At 11 P.M., just twelve hours later, they would begin the transplant surgery. He would finally be taken off of the waiting list.

As a kidney recipient, Duane participates in Walk for Kidneys to show support for others suffering from kidney disease. Having been in dialysis for nine years, Duane walks to motivate others who are suffering because he knows how difficult it is to stay positive. “When I run into people on the street, I tell them my story. I know the psychological effects. I try to encourage everyone,” Duane stated confidently.

Almost four years’ post-transplant, Duane is healthy and stable. By walking, he hopes to spread awareness for kidney disease and advises everyone to take precautionary actions. “Blood pressure, diabetes, people need to take it seriously and do whatever they can to correct it. They are two of the causes that lead to dialysis,” Duane affirmed. 

As a team captain, Duane will participate in Walk for Kidneys on June 25th in Lincoln Park. So far, Duane and Team Bean have raised over $1,200 and hope to reach their goal of $1,500 by the day of the walk.To make a donation or read more about Team Bean, Click Here. To register your own Walk for Kidneys team, visit www.nkfi.org/events/walk.



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.