Founded by Lori Hartwell in 1993, The Renal Support Network (RSN) plays a vital role educating and supporting patients with chronic renal failure. Courageous and doggedly determined, Lori first tackled kidney failure as a mere child. Fortunately, Dr. Richard Fine, her pediatric nephrologist, dispensed expert medical care and a heavy dose of hope—a bedrock ingredient to overcoming adversity and a lodestone for facing down challenges ahead.
Lori never forgot Dr. Fine’s kindness and unmitigated optimism as she soldiered through four kidney transplants and committed her life to helping others facing similar challenges.
Under her leadership, the RSN continues providing hope, education, and guidance for kids and adults facing dialysis and the road to kidney transplantation. Her work and mission illuminate the path forward for patients and caregivers alike. –Michael Fisher MD, Associate Clinical Professor Medicine, USC Keck School of Medicine