National Kidney Foundation Fundraiser Teenage Speaker Gets Kidney From Father

Parker McDaniel's dad says he was fortunate enough to be the kidney donor for his son and without it Parker might not be here today.

APPLING, GEORGIA – Kidney disease is a silent killer.

That’s why a lot of people spent their Sunday raising money and awareness for the National Kidney Foundation.

Parker McDaniel's dad says he was fortunate enough to be the kidney donor for his son and without it Parker might not be here today.
Parker McDaniel’s dad says he was fortunate enough to be the kidney donor for his son and without it Parker might not be here today.

WJBF News Channel 6’s Stefany Bornman reports on the unique fundraiser featuring Top Chefs from across the Peach State.

1 in 3 people are at risk for developing Kidney Disease and 1 in 9 adults don’t even know they have it, but this deadly disease doesn’t just target adults.

Parker McDaniel's dad says he was fortunate enough to be the kidney donor for his son and without it Parker might not be here today.
Parker McDaniel’s dad says he was fortunate enough to be the kidney donor for his son and without it Parker might not be here today.

Parker McDaniel was just 18 months old when his family learned he was born with a rare kidney disease, called Congential Nephrotic, and would need a kidney transplant to survive.

“When you have a child you obviously you love them and would give your life and give anything for them. But when you actually have an opportunity to give them life and have that sort of bond with them it’s just, I don’t know, it’s hard to describe,” Michael McDaniel, Parker’s father, told WJBF News Channel 6.

Parker’s dad says he was fortunate enough to be the kidney donor for his son and without it Parker might not be here today.

“You can’t even put that sort of thing into words,” he said.

Parker is now a healthy 15-year-old and the bond he shares with his dad, is more than just that of a father and son.

Parker McDaniel's dad says he was fortunate enough to be the kidney donor for his son and without it Parker might not be here today.
Parker McDaniel’s dad says he was fortunate enough to be the kidney donor for his son and without it Parker might not be here today.

“Mainly because it was from him. I mean nobody closer could give me one,” Parker McDaniel told WJBF News Channel 6.

Michael says around this time of year, when his family starts helping the National Kidney Foundation, he spends time talking to his son about how important it is to give back.

“There’s a 100,000 people, a 100,000 plus people waiting on a kidney transplant right now and only 15,000 to 17,000 of those will get a kidney transplant this year. A lot of those people will die while on dialysis or waiting on a transplant, so it’s been our mission to help raise awareness and raise money for research to improve that,” Michael McDaniel said.

Parker says his favorite memories are reaching the fundraising goals to help others in need of a transplant, but he has one very special memory of his life-changing journey.

“Probably the first year whenever I got to, whenever we raised enough money for the whole entire family to go around the bases at Braves stadium,” Parker McDaniel said.

On April 29th, Parker McDaniel is hosting the 1st annual Parker’s Walk NKF Golf Tournament at Jones Creek to raise money for the National Kidney Foundation. They only have 30 slots open to sign up your team.

To learn more about the fundraiser or to register your team visit www.facebook.com/ParkersWalk.

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