5 things you didn’t know about HALL CARTERBy NIKKI ROWELL,
She planned events for the Queen of Jordan and Prince Edward and got to meet both of them. She has gone bowling at the White House in Washington D.C. - twice. She has floated in the Dead Sea. She has climbed Mt. St. Helen. She has hiked the Camino de Santiago in Spain.
The Mississippi Kidney Foundation serves kidney patients across the state by providing quality programs and services, public education and screenings to promote the prevention of kidney disease and to promoting organ donation throughout the state.
“We have a threefold mission,” Executive Director Hall Carter said. “We provide different services and programs for patients across the state, and that includes a crisis intervention fund for dialysis patients and transplant recipients. This is for emergency needs for unforeseen crisis.”
Carter, a Memphis native, has worked for the foundation for the past year.
Mississippi has over 6,000 kidney patients on dialysis, with more being added every day, which means the state has one of the highest rates of kidney failure per capita in the nation.
The Mississippi Kidney Foundation, chartered in 1965, aims to find means to provide financial and emotional support for those patients as those numbers increase.
According to Carter, the foundation is funded primarily through corporate and private donations, which allow it to have active programs and services tailored to meet the specialized needs of kidney patients and those at increased risk of kidney failure.
“We also do free screenings, which is a part of our awareness efforts. We screen for kidney function,” Carter said.
These screenings are performed across the state at health fairs or through partnerships with organizations who host the foundation.
Carter said the foundation has done approximately 70 screenings this year so far, which is the most the foundation has had in one year.
Last year, the foundation performed 50 screenings across the state.
“In the last three years, we’ve screened more than 8,000 people. Usually, one in 10 of those people have abnormal kidney function,” Carter said. “We promote organ donation and transplantation.”
The foundation will also partner with Miss Mississippi this year, as her platform is organ donation.
She will be present for the foundation’s annual walk, the Michael Rubenstein Memorial Kidney Walk, which will be held in the Fondren neighborhood on September 28 at 9 a.m.
“It will be a 5K family-friendly neighborhood walk,” Hall said. “The money raised from that goes to help those patients and provide services for them.”
According to Carter, there are approximately 400,000 patients with kidney disease in Mississippi.
Approximately 26 million Americans have kidney disease, which is one in nine adult Americans and millions more are at risk. Mississippi ranks among the top in the nation in kidney disease.
The city of Jackson has a 26 percent higher prevalence of kidney failure than the national average and a seven percent higher rate of newly diagnosed cases of kidney failure than the national average.
“The thing I like the most about it is seeing the strength and the faith of the patients,” Carter said. “It is inspiring to hear what they have to face every day and how they just continue to go on.”
To learn more about the Mississippi Kidney Foundation and its events or to sign up for the foundation’s annual walk, visit kidneyms.org.