From a press release Thursday (March 14):

Today is World Kidney Day and the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii will brief lawmakers this afternoon on the increasing prevalence of kidney disease in our community. The event is co-hosted by Senate Committee on Health Chair Josh Green.

The latest statistics show that more than 162,000 people in Hawaii are fighting chronic kidney disease. One in every seven people is dealing with this illness, which is 30% higher than the national average. Asians and Pacific Islanders are 2 to four times more likely to reach end stage kidney disease. …

Others updating lawmakers will be from dialysis clinics and the Queen’s Transplant Center. Today, more than 400 people in Hawaii are waiting for an organ transplant — 90 percent of them need a kidney

What:              World Kidney Day Presentation to Lawmakers

When:             March 14, 2013, 12:30 p.m.

Where:            State Capitol, room 224

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—Chad Blair