London Bridges Walk
We need to improve the lives of kidney patients, faster. We need breakthroughs in research, sooner. You can help make that happen.
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Upon signing up for a Bridges Walk, a Just Giving page will automatically be generated for you with event information and your sponsorship target. These tips on how to personalise it will also be included in your automated confirmation email – the more you make it your own, the more compelled people will feel to donate.
If you use a sponsorship form, you can pay your money in by:
- Calling Supporter Care on 0300 303 1100 and making a card payment over the phone
- Sending us a cheque made payable to ‘Kidney Research UK’ with your name, postcode and name of the event on the back to Kidney Research UK, Nene Hall, Lynch Wood Park, Peterborough PE2 6FZ.
We are unable to take sponsorship cash or cheques at the event so please do not bring them with you.
Charing Cross Hospital nephrologist Dr Michelle Willicombe knows how devastating the impact of transplant loss can be. “‘Rejection’ is a horrible term,” she says. “But it’s the leading cause of transplant failure.” In some cases, the body sees the new kidney as a foreign object and tries to attack it, just like it would an infection. This is known as antibody-mediated rejection (AMR).
Patients with AMR are treated with plasma exchange, a special type of dialysis that filters the antibodies from the blood. But this isn’t always successful. Bodies destroy kidneys. Transplants are lost. Michelle doesn’t want patients to face dialysis. Again.
She is leading a clinical trial involving all the transplant centres in the UK. Studying 170 patients with AMR, plasma exchange will be compared with rituximab, a drug that works against cells producing antibodies. If rituximab is found to be effective at preventing transplant loss, it could become the gold standard in treating AMR.
“When there’s nothing else we can do, we feel redundant as doctors. Funding from Kidney Research UK is vital.” Dr Michelle Willicombe
Join Michelle at our London Bridges Walk and walk towards a brighter future for kidney patients.
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