National Kidney Foundation To Host Bonne Sante In Atlanta This Weekend

Congressman John Lewis Is Honorary Chair

March 16, 2018

Patient Shadaka Woody (R) and Atlanta Nephrologist Dr. Frita Fisher (L) (Photo Credit: Maria Boynton/Entercom Atlanta)

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Sara Hicks isn't certain about how long daughter Kelsey Marat has suffered from kidney disease. Hicks adopted Kelsey and her 2 brothers almost 10 years ago. "Looking back at her records, she was having kidney stones ever since she was 2 months old", says Sara.  The teenager has had 9 surgeries including the removal of a kidney. The now 14-year-old Kelsey has since developed other illnesses associated with kidney disease. Instead of leaving home for school, Kelsey takes classes online. Sara says even a simple cold would cause Kelsey to miss school. 

According to the National Kidney Foundation, due to high rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, African Americans have an increased risk of developing kidney failure. African Americans also suffer from kidney failure at a significantly higher rate than Caucasians, more than 3 times higher.

40-year-old Shadaka Woody has a rare form of the disease called Polycystic Kidney Disease. According to Atlanta Nephrologist Dr. Frita Fisher "it's quite rare, however, when it runs in families, it runs very strongly."  Shadaka says her maternal grandmother and grandfather was stricken with it, along with several cousins.  Dr. Fisher says, "we're doing all kinds of research to try to decrease the severity of the disease, but unfortunately right now we are not able to prevent the disease."

This Sunday, March 18, 2018, the National Kidney Foundation will host the food and wine event, Bonne Sante'. It will be a cocktail-style event, which NKF's Cara McKinney says will "showcase local Georgia restaurants preparing signature dishes paired with fine wines and spirits." Atlanta Congressman John Lewis will be Honorary Chair of the event, which will be held at the historic Trolley Barn-Inman Park from 3-6 p.m.  Among the featured chefs will be Todd Ginsberg. Owner of General Muir,  Ginsberg is honorary Chef Chair of Bonne Sante' Atlanta. Also featured will be Chef Andre Gomez from Porch Light Latin KitchenWhite Oak Kitchen will also be showcasing. 

According to McKinney, the event "raises awareness of kidney disease as well as funds for lifesaving National Kidney Foundation programs that educate and support patients, their families, and those at risk of kidney disease." For more information, log on to www.kidneyga.org.

Sara Hicks (R) and 14 year old daughter Kelsey Marat (L) who has kidney disease. (Photo Credit: Maria Boynton/Entercom Atlanta)