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Candice McKenzie - Kidney Disease

In 2019 Candice McKenzie was diagnosed with a kidney disease called IgA nephropathy, also known as Berger’s disease.  In 2022 Candice's kidney's failed and as part of her ongoing treatment, she started dialysis to maintain her life as she waits for a kidney transplant.  

 

NHS figures from 2022/2023 show that Black people represented 2% of deceased donors, 12% of deceased donor transplants, and 13% of the transplant waiting list.  NHS figures also show that Black patients wait on average 649 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 kidney donation in the Black British African and Caribbean communities.  She writes about kidney disease, donation and transplant, and is regularly booked as a guest on TV and radio shows to offer advice and share her experience to empower and educate others.

In March 2024 on World Kidney Day, Candice launched the African Caribbean Kidney Education Enterprise (ACKEE), a community interest company aimed at educating and empowering Black African Caribbean people to look after their kidneys in life and donate their kidneys in death.

14 March 2024

I'm thrilled to announce the launch of the African Caribbean Kidney Education Enterprise (ACKEE), a community interest company aimed at educating and empowering Black African Caribbean people to look after their kidneys in life and donate their kidneys in death.

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31 October 2023

“Black patients wait 6 months longer for a transplant than white patients”

NHS Blood and Transplant recently published their Annual Report on Ethnicity Differences in Organ Donation and Transplantation 2022/2023.

NHS Organ Donation Graphic: Black People wait 6 months longer for a transplant

12 October 2023

Did you know that people with kidney disease may not know that anything is wrong? They cannot feel the damage before any kidney function is lost because it happens slowly and in stages.

That was me.

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25 September 2023

5865 people are still waiting for a kidney transplant including myself, and I am currently on dialysis to maintain my life.

Kidney Care UK Kidney Transplant Waiting Numbers

9 March 2023

In 2019 Podcast Producer and part-time DJ & radio presenter Candice McKenzie was diagnosed IgA nephropathy, also known as Berger’s disease.

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29 April 2022

I wrote [the song] "His Promise" as a reminder to myself that no matter how hard it [kidney failure] gets, His Promise is greater than the problem

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