An estimated 20 million American adults have kidney disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 110, 000 people are currently being treated for kidney failure and some 99,500 people are on waiting lists for a kidney transplant, federal data shows.
The ball will honor Jefferson nephrologist George Francos, MD, for his dedication in helping those with kidney disease and for his support of the Foundation and its mission.
Dr. Francos was nominated by his peers, the Foundation explained. He has always been been an advocate for early transplantation, stressing that ‘early transplantation can save lives.’
“Dr. Francos is an esteemed member of the renal community, and an especially valuable member of our family here at the National Kidney Foundation,” said Joanne Spink, President of the Delaware Valley Division of the National Kidney Foundation. “He has served on our board of directors for a number of years, and is always happy to help us reach out to patients or the community in any way he can.”
Dr. Francos is the Beatrice F. Nicoletti Professor of Nephrology and the medical director of Jefferson’s Kidney Transplant Program. He is a long-time volunteer and advocate for the National Kidney Foundation and has long served as a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and its Medical Advisory Committee.
The Kidney Ball is one of the Foundation’s largest fundraisers and is expected to raise $400,000 to support the organization’s mission.