Local transplant survivor sets up free health expo
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A survivor who had a kidney transplant at just 31-years-old had a very important message for the community.
He was hosting a free event the first weekend in March that anyone can attend to learn more about what he called the very valuable gift of good health.
Idris Gray told Local 12, "I was a type two diabetic at age 16, diagnosed pretty early."
Gray has a story that he didn't want anyone else to experience, "I didn't know that diabetes can lead to kidney disease until I found out at age 27."
By that time Gray already had lost his lower leg and some of his sight. A few years ago he got a second shot at life and good health. A transplant team led by Doctor Amit Govil gave him a new kidney.
Dr. Govil said, "A hundred thousand people are on a waiting list for a new kidney and only 90 thousand get a kidney transplant. So his journey has been long and he's been doing great after that."
As a celebration of that good health he has made a decision to give back to the community. What's he's doing could impact people's lives in a really big way. He started what's called "March 1st to March 4th."
On March 1, Gray is asking people to set up testing for what impacts their kidneys. On March 2, he suggests people go buy and start eating healthier food. On March 3, he wants people to get out and get some exercise. And March 4, Gray said it was all about attending a health expo.
Helping people get tested has given Gray new purpose. The expo is Saturday, March 4, and it's all free at the South Avondale Elementary School on Prospect Place.