Longtime readers may know that Jamie, the better-half and brains of the outfit here at Signal Watch, has some serious kidney dysfunction. She has a disease called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. It is not as much fun as it sounds, and its pretty serious stuff. Even Wikipedia says so (she fell under "none" under that treatment tab).
What are we doing about it this week? We're raising money for research and whatnot through the National Kidney Foundation. .
To raise money, I will walk side-by-side with an army of dialysis patients around a lovely man-made lake somewhere in Pflugerville. One assumes the walk isn't very far because, you know... dialysis patients.*
Somehow kidney disease does not have the prestige and glamour of other diseases. Awesome people who are not Jamie have kidney disease, too, but you rarely hear about it. Sean Elliot of the San Antonio Spurs has FSGS, as does Alonzo Mourning. Curiously, Jamie never played NBA basketball, but she also contracted the disease. We're still looking into why she never got a contract with the Denver Nuggets.
Anyhow, if you can, please give just a few bucks. We'd certainly appreciate it, and you'd be helping what I assure you is a very very good cause. Kidneys.**
*What are you, some kind of monster wanting to see how far you can make those people walk? They're ill! What is wrong with you?
**you have them, too, and frankly, we're worried about how much sugar you've been eating