Journey from Adolescence to Making a Difference

growing up with kidney disease

Valen cover--growing up with kidney disease -my favorite americaValen Cover has an inspiring story of making lemons into lemonade, which made her the focus of an award winning book called, My Favorite American. She was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease at a very young age. Her triumphs and challenges of growing up with this kidney disease taught her what is important in life and has lead her to a path of educating others. She shares her inspiring story, coping strategies and what her goals are for the future.



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Stephen Furst Stephen Furst got his big break into movies in “Animal House,” in which he played Flounder. Stephen has also starred as Dr. Elliot Axelrod in “St. Elsewhere” and as Vir Cotto in “Babylon5.” He is a successful television and movie producer/director and a kidney patient.


Lori Hartwell is the Founder & President of Renal Support Network (RSN) and the host of KidneyTalk®, a radio podcast show. Lori was diagnosed with kidney disease at the age of two. In 1993 she founded RSN to instill “health, happiness and hope” into the lives of those affected by chronic kidney disease. Lori is also the author of the inspirational bookChronically Happy: Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness and is a four-time kidney transplant recipient.

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