March 2021: Kidney Month

WHEREAS, chronic kidney disease is an under-recognized public health crisis and is the progressive, gradual loss of kidney function, which results in decreased ability of the kidneys to remove waste from the body; and,


WHEREAS, according to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, in 2019, one in seven adults in Michigan, or more than 1 million people, had kidney disease but were not aware of it until they were in late stages; and,


WHEREAS, as of April 2020, more than 2,200 people in Michigan are on the kidney transplant waiting list; and,


WHEREAS, the most at-risk groups for developing kidney failure include African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, seniors age 65 and older, and anyone with a family history of chronic kidney disease; and,


WHEREAS, without diagnosis and treatment to slow the progression of the disease, chronic Kidney Disease can progress to end-stage renal failure, which is fatal without dialysis or kidney transplant; and,


WHEREAS,regular screening and early detection can slow the progression of kidney disease and help prevent kidney failure; and,


WHEREAS,the month of March is designated as Kidney Month, and March 11th is recognized as Kidney Day to raise awareness of kidney disease and the importance of prevention and early detection;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 2021 as Kidney Month in Michigan.