Sunday, November 12, 2006

Walking for Your Kidneys: Part I

Among the various charitable causes and community organizations Anuj was involved with, one had particular significance - The National Kidney Foundation. When his father was diagnosed with severe kidney disease in 2002, a condition that would eventually require a transplant, Anuj put forth a herculean effort to ensure that he received the best healthcare possible. As some friends and family know, Anuj essentially saved his father's life by negotiating the labyrinth of governmental and medical organizations in India and the US to make sure that a transplant would eventually be possible. The story of Anuj's energy, ingenuity and persistence in this effort is the stuff of multi-generational family legend and will be shared on this blog at a later date.

Given Dad's kidney disease, Anuj thought about finding a way to help others while he was helping his family. The National Kidney Foundation seemed to be the perfect vehicle for this. The Foundation is a national voluntary health organization seeking to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.

The Kidney Walk is one of the most important events put on every year by community chapters of the Foundation. It is a way for families touched by kidney disease to spend time with each other and their supporters while raising money through a walk. As in other charity walks, participants gather contributions from their friends, family and colleagues leading up to the event. In fact the walk is the primary fund-raising vehicle and thus critical to supporting the organization's mission.

In 2004, the Mohan family took part in the Kidney Walk, walking as well as logistically supporting the event that took place at Shoreline Park in Mountain View. The day consisted of breakfast, Tai Chi, and of course, the actual walk. Thousands of dollars were raised along with the spirits of the participating families.

Anuj, displaying his penchant for leadership and desire to go the extra mile to help others, decided that just participating in these events was not enough. The next year, he would play a more active role. We will describe this in our next post.

To learn more about the National Kidney Foundation, click below:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are shocked beyond imagination
We are grieved beyond pain
We are struck by lightening
We are almost insane

May Lord give you strength
to bear this unfathomable loss

Praying for you
Ashok & Madhu Srivastava

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember our first kidney walk as if it were yesterday. Anuj was so much fun to be around. Although the day was nippy and gray, he made it simply wonderful with his up-for-anything attitude and his always positive spirit. He was so full of joy and life.

While the rest of us walked and called it a day, Anuj was inspired to do more. What an example he set for everyone. He was head and shoulders above the rest. Always will be.

Anuj, we miss you more than words can describe.


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