Aimee Garcia, who appeared on The George Lopez Show (now in syndication), says she’s learned a lot from George and Ann. Before, she says, “I knew kidneys help flush out the system, and that’s it.” These days, Garcia supports foundation events and talks to elementary school children about the importance of staying healthy and treating their kidneys right.
Kyle Kaplan is just 18, and this is his second year participating. “I think it’s important for kids my age to come out here,” he says. “I hope to inspire more people to get tested.”
Sara Faden-Norman and her husband, Bobbie Norman, both in their Los Angeles Police Department uniforms, stood off to the side, watching the celebrity interviews. The two met in the police academy 14 years ago and have been together ever since. When he got kidney cancer and later needed a donor, she was deemed a match. “It was no question for me,” she says.
Many people just don’t think to ask about kidney-health screening, says Susanne Nicholas, MD, a nephrologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, and volunteer supervisor for the KEEP screening program. Who should think of screening? ”If you have a history of high blood pressure, a family history of kidney disease, diabetes, or are 60 and up,” you’re due for screening, she says.