In January of 2009, Ron Minor, The Producer/ Director of the film “I Didn’t Know” visited his doctor for a routine physical and discovered his kidneys were failing. Family and friends were tested to see if they could donate theirs, but, amazingly, it was his wife, Kathy, who turned out to be the perfect match in more ways than one. Nine months after the initial diagnosis – a relatively short period of time since patients can spend years on dialysis waiting for a kidney – one of Kathy minor’s was transplanted into her husband. Shortly after that, Ron was out and about and feeling like a new man. He was one of the lucky ones.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, there are, currently, more than 100-thousand people awaiting kidney transplants and many of those are minorities. On average, a new name is added to that list every 14 minutes – and twelve people die each day waiting for a kidney.
Before this experience, Ron Minor was unaware of the far-reaching impact of kidney disease, particularly on the Washington Metropolitan Community.
Statistics say that:
- 1 in 9 American adults has kidney disease – and most don’t know it.
- Those of African Descent suffer from the condition at a much higher rate than other groups.
So Ron decided to use his 35-plus years in the television business and his own illness to enlighten others about this often hidden and potentially fatal disease.