Entertainment lawyer Ken Kleinberg was inspired to raise awareness and funds for kidney disease research after suffering from a kidney ailment in 1999. Doctors were never able to determine the cause of the problem and by 2001, his kidneys failed. He was a dialysis patient for the next six years until receiving a successful kidney transplant in 2007.
In 2002, with a small group of committed individuals and with the help of Dr. Vito M. Campese, then Professor and Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at USC Keck School of Medicine, Ken established UKRO as a non-profit organization to provide support for kidney disease research.
As marketer, art director, event planner, graphic designer, artist, and writer, Michelle Fairchild has worn many hats in the kidney care field. For the last dozen years, she has worked at DaVita as an employee and a creative consultant and joined the UKRO team in January of 2010. She is committed to using her creative talents to make a difference in people’s lives. Her UKRO blog, Diary of a Kidney Lover, chronicles her experiences as an emerging kidney advocate and family member of a dialysis patient.
Michelle enjoys reading, writing, art, and design, and has recently started writing a blog on the arts in Los Angeles.