KSAT Community spotlight feature: Texas Kidney Foundation

Every day in America, 130 diabetics will begin treatment for kidney failure

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SAN ANTONIO – As a community, let’s detect kidney disease early.

KSAT Community is bringing awareness to the Texas Kidney Foundation for this month's nonprofit spotlight feature.

Texas Kidney Foundation is dedicated to elevating the dialogue about chronic kidney disease in San Antonio, the state of Texas and beyond -- chronic kidney disease is a silent killer.

What you need to know about chronic kidney disease

  • Diabetes and hypertension are the two leading causes of chronic kidney disease. 
  • Every day in the U.S., 130 diabetics begin treatment for kidney failure.
  • People do not feel bad with chronic kidney disease until it is in advanced stages.
  • The only way to detect the disease is through the blood and urine.

"The Villanueva family has committed their time and resources to the San Antonio renal community," said Tiffany Jones-Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Texas Kidney Foundation. "The Maria I. Villanueva scholarship offers an educational opportunity to people who have experienced the ninth leading cause of death in the U.S., chronic kidney disease." 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 3 adults with diabetes have chronic kidney disease.

Early detection is a cost-effective, preventative measure that benefits families and communities.

During the Texas Kidney Foundation kidney check, 56 percent of the participants are identified with two or more indicators of CKD.

Free Texas Kidney Foundation kidney screening

  • Date: Tuesday, July 9 
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • Location: 4204 Gardendale St. Suite 106

The Texas Kidney Foundation needs the community's help to better serve individuals with chronic kidney disease. 

If you are interested in volunteering or donating, visit txkidney.org or call 210-396-8440.

KSAT Community operates in partnership with University Health System, Energy Transfer and San Antonio Area Chevy Dealers.

About the Author:

Kiersten has been a Digital Content Creator with KSAT12 since 2017. She graduated from Texas State University with an electronic media degree and previously worked for the Spurs Sports & Entertainment.