Brian McIntyre may look like your average 16-year-old but he's got a lot more going on than just homework and hanging with friends. Brian is living with kidney disease.
He had a transplant when he was just one. When he turned 14, he started dialysis again. He says, "I have been on the list for 2-1/2 years. I miss half days of school due to dialysis. My high school experience has not been what it could be due to my limitations."
Team Brian Needs a Kidney always has a strong showing at the Walk for Kidneys. Brian attended the NKFI KidneyCamp when he was younger and he and his family attended our Teens & Young Adult events the past two years. "It was interesting to meet other kids going through the same thing or have similar stories."
Like any teen, Brian is looking forward to normalcy after a transplant. "I’m looking forward to not needing dialysis 3 days a week. I want to feel good- I want to play sports and not be limited. I want to be able to swim and go on vacation. And drink Pepsi, eat pizza, popcorn and chocolate!"