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Ronald Kenyatta

Hello March and a new face in the LifeLink Faces of Transplantation Calendar. Meet Ronald Kenyatta.

Ron was living his dream working in professional baseball, when one day he awoke to his left leg extremely swollen, almost as if it belonged to someone else. Medical attention brought a diagnosis of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a disease which causes scarring in the kidneys, which are the body’s natural filter. Ron managed his condition and continued working until his symptoms indicated the need to begin dialysis and prepare for a kidney transplant. Ron posted on Facebook on the chance someone would be interested in becoming his living kidney donor and with the power of social media, several people responded. One person, a long-time friend, turned out to be a perfect match and gave Ron a second chance at life through a kidney transplant. Since his transplant, Ron is an active practitioner of martial arts and will soon test for his brown belt. His transplant experience and study of martial arts has given him the calm and confidence to tell his story to encourage others. Now that he’s on the other side of his transplant, Ron says, “I feel more grounded and it’s easy to be thankful every day.”