Gregory W. Scott is a living donor who gifted a kidney to his son, Steven, who suffered from polycystic kidney disease. Scott said during his term as chairman he hopes to raise awareness about kidney disease, which one in three Americans are at risk of developing.
"My family has been touched by kidney disease and, the numbers suggest, there is a high likelihood that many others will be touched, also, at some point in time," Scott said in a released statement. "I want all Americans to understand these facts and come to the realization that it is important for everyone to protect our kidney health."
If left unchecked or untreated, kidney disease can lead to kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, the National Kidney Foundation reported.
"Early detection can prevent further kidney damage and so screening is essential," Scott explained. "Our goal is also to generate awareness of healthy lifestyle and risk reduction strategies."
Scott said he plans to increase awareness by building on established National Kidney Foundation educational efforts, including the organization's community health programs and its campaign for those at highest risk for kidney disease.
Scott is currently the president of Winfield Management, LLC.
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