Charlene Lafontant

Charlene Lafontant was born with one non-functioning kidney which was removed when she was a year old, and thankfully her other kidney has risen to the challenge for more than 50 years.  When Charlene’s daughter Gemma was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease at age 12 it was a confusing and scary time for the entire family and they were happy to have found RSN as a supportive resource.  Gemma received a transplant from a family member at age 14 and is doing well.  Navigating through medical complications of a child can be challenging and enlightening, and Charlene hopes to help other families through her work with RSN.

Editorial Contributions by Charlene Lafontant:

Hope Week Saturday – Parents of Children Who Have Kidney Disease

Redefining Yourself

Kidney Disease Youth Panel Speakers