William "Bill" Murray
Bill was a self-employed plumber for his company, Shamrock Plumbing, until Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) forced him to shutter it and take disability. He was biopsy diagnosed with IgA Nephropathy in 1996. At which point his nephrologist told him that he would require dialysis to live. He followed doctors’ orders including changing lifestyle and diet restrictions along with a mind boggling amount of medicine that was constantly modified for the next 17 years until his kidney function dropped into the danger zone and he went into end stage renal failure. But he spent those years, researching his disease and all of his treatment options. He discovered that home dialysis was the most effective and had the best results. He started on peritoneal dialysis (PD) for the first 10 months. But, because of weight gain and having to constantly use the highest strength solution due to his diabetes, he made the switch to home hemodialysis (HHD). He has continued this mode of treatment very successfully since. He is constantly promoting the advantages of doing home hemodialysis from the freedom of strict in-center schedule, the flexibility of days performed and less or no physical draining, to the fact that it is most closely related to natural kidney function. The difficulties of living with CKD and ESRD range from coping with getting listed at transplant centers and searching for a living donor, to waiting for the call that a kidney has become available. His personal experiences has ignited his passion for early detection, education, organ availability and donor support. He has become an active fundraiser in all related Walks in the area. He has become an active advocate both locally and nationally for National Kidney Foundation (NKF), Nephcure Kidney International (NKI) and Gift of Life Donor Foundation. He is peer mentor for both NKF and NKI. Bill is also a patient representative (PR), patient action committee (PAC) member and a subject matter expert (SME) for the ESRD Network 4 along with a SME for National KCER Patient and Family Engagement Learning and Action Network (N-KPFE-LAN) representing Network 4. He has also been recruited by NxStage to become one of their national advocates for home hemodialysis treatment options. Bill was recognized by Gift of Life in 2015 as their outstanding first year volunteer and is being recognized by NKFDV on World Kidney Day as their outstanding advocate for his work. Bill currently resides in Delaware and we wish him well and look forward to working with him in the future.