Candice McKenzie - Kidney Failure
In 2019 Candice McKenzie was diagnosed with a kidney disease called IgA nephropathy, also known as Berger’s disease.
In 2022 Candice was diagnosed with kidney failure and as part of her ongoing treatment, she started dialysis to maintain her life as she waits for a kidney transplant. As a result, this dialysis treatment makes it very difficult for Candice to carry out her work as a DJ and radio presenter.
NHS figures from 2021/2022 show that Black people only make up 2% of organ donors, despite making up 4% of the population. Black patients wait on average 735 days for a kidney, making there an urgent need for more black people to donate to reduce the waiting time.
Candice is an advocate for organ donation, especially kidney donation, in the Black British African and Caribbean communities.
Candice writes about kidney failure and is regularly booked as a guest on TV and radio shows to offer advice and share her experience. Follow her journey of kidney failure, dialysis and hopefully a kidney transplant here.