Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Team King Nolan

June 16, 2015

Team King Nolan: In Honor of Nolan King

Before Nolan was born, his parents knew he would be born with kidney problems. Initially, Nolan’s parents were told by two specialists that he had multicystic kidney disease. The specialists estimated that he would only live for three days after birth. However, an ultrasound at Rush University Medical Center following the initial diagnosis revealed that Nolan did not have cysts on his kidneys, but would instead be born with deformed kidneys.

When he was born, the doctors discovered Nolan had a blockage that prevented his bladder, ureters and kidneys from properly functioning and fully developing. Nolan has undergone two surgeries to remove the blockage and often sees two different specialists to maintain his kidney health. Despite these efforts, Nolan’s condition is degenerative, which means he will develop secondary health issues and his kidneys will continue to get worse.

“We are hopeful that new advances in kidney medicine will benefit Nolan before he becomes too sick, and that is why we have started Team Nolan,” Michael King, Nolan’s father, mentions on the Team Nolan fundraiser page.
Nolan’s parents partake in the Walk for Kidneys to raise awareness of kidney disease.

“After all he has been through in his short life he still walks around with a big smile and gleam in his eyes, Michael said. “We are so blessed to have him in our lives and want to do this in his honor.”

Team King Nolan will participate in the Walk for Kidneys on Sunday, June 21 at Soldier Field. Team King Nolan is one of the highest grossing teams with more than $4,700 donated since April.

To make a donation or read more about Team Kin Nolan’s Walk for Kidneys team, 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 or affected by kidney disease through prevention, education and empowerment.