LIVE OAK, Texas -

Karen Page and her daughter Nicole are headed to Washington, D.C. to address congressional leaders and to raise awareness about kidney disease. March is National Kidney Month.

The pair from Live Oak will be on Capitol Hill on March 7. March is National Kidney Month.

Nicole’s mother is excited to share her daughter’s survival story. Late last year, her son Tyler heard the call of duty and donated one of his kidneys to his older sister.

“We found out he was a perfect match and that’s very rare even among siblings,” said Nicole’s mother Karen.

Nicole’s younger brother Tyler, a U.S. Marine stationed in California, donated his kidney last fall.

She’s thankful each day to her brother because she waited only two years for the transplant.  

“Tyler said I’m just going to donate my organ to you…my priority is your health and I want you to be healthy and not on dialysis anymore,” said Nicole Page.

Nicole and her mother are now patient advocates of the American Kidney Fund.

They stress the importance of prevention and early detection. Both hope their trip to Washington, D.C. will encourage people to get checked out.

“Know you’re risk factors first of all, high blood pressure and diabetes are two of the major risk factors for kidney disease,” said Page.  

The American Kidney Fund says that kidney disease affects 31 million Americans and it’s the 9th leading cause of death in the country.