African Americans are disproportionately affected by kidney disease, they are three and a half times more likely to have the disease than whites. The National Kidney Foundation designated March as kidney awareness month. Here a few stories of people touched by the disease.
Pretha Mitchell leads her jazzercise class at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Washington, DC. Mitchell donated a kidney to her brother, Gerard Mitchell last year. Matt McClain/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST Buy Photo