As a former fitness professional and someone who has seen the impact of kidney disease in her own family, Carolyn Lemos-Urquidez founded the Kidneys Quest Foundation (KQF) in San Fernando, California, in order to help renal patients who needed one-on-one guidance and support.
Molly Strole | Thermo Fisher Scientific - Women’s ERG
Katie O’Leary | Thermo Fisher Scientific - Latino Hispanic Heritage ERG
Carolyn Lemos-Urquidez | President, Kidneys Quest Foundation
May 18, 2021
It’s an unfortunate but well-documented truth that communities of color are disproportionately vulnerable to kidney disease.1
Recently, Carolyn joined the Thermo Fisher Scientific Women’s Employee Resource Group (WERG) and Latino Hispanic Heritage Resource Group (LHH ERG) for a discussion on the needs and challenges of patients in diverse and underserved communities. The efforts of Carolyn and her dedicated team of volunteers have helped launch a broad range of programs to support the renal disease and kidney transplant community:
Most of the patients that Carolyn and her team serve from Black, Latinx, or Asian communities. Through both her work with the foundation and her personal experience as a Latina, Carolyn is sensitive to the unique concerns of these communities.
Many would benefit from living donation but would also never feel comfortable asking a friend or family member to consider donating a kidney. Some need help with the bureaucracy of health insurance, medical bills, and the transplant waiting list while others struggle with a language barrier that makes it difficult for them to communicate with their healthcare providers. And others simply need encouragement and some friendly guidance to work towards a better health outcome.
Thanks for Carolyn’s passion for help others, KQF’s programming has served over 59,000 patients and the KQF team has identified over 27,000 individuals at risk for kidney disease, helping get critical access to support groups and education.
The Transplant Diagnostics, WERG and LHH ERG teams were pleased to host Carolyn for this discussion on the vital work she does and the impact her foundation is having in several regions across the United States.
To read more about KQF, please visit kidneysquestfoundation.org. If you know someone who needs help or you want to help, contact Carolyn Lemos-Urquidez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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