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San Antonio hosts Kidney Action Day on Saturday

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio is one of five cities across the country that will host Kidney Action Day to bring awareness to the disease.

San Antonio's event will be held at the AT&T Center from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

The event will consist of free health screenings, information on preventative measures, cooking and fitness demos, children's activities and a Kidney Action Day Walk.

According to doctors, people often don't know they have kidney disease because there are no symptoms. But there are certain groups of people at higher risk, including those with a family history of the disease, high blood pressure, or hypertension.

"The problem is, right now in this era we don't have any magic medicine or treatment," said Dr. Shweta Bansal, a specialist at the UT Health Science Center.

Bansal said the lack of an advanced treatment makes prevention important.

Jaclyn Trickett underwent dialysis treatment for six years, unaware that she had high blood pressure that contributed to her kidney disease.

Her mother, Patricia McDonald, felt helpless until she found out she could donate to a program, and in turn, her daughter would receive someone else's kidney.

"They said, 'Well, you'll be donating to another person, but your daughter will be getting someone else's kidney,'" said McDonald. "I said, 'I'm all for that.'"

Trickett said she was fortunate to find out about her kidney disease, and her mother couldn't be more grateful she was able to donate through a program so her daughter would have a second chance at life.

"I'd do it all over again for her," said McDonald.

Visit the Kidney Action Day web site for more information about kidney disease prevention and the event.


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