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Northwest Kidney Centers

These snapshots of a current and a former patient of Northwest Kidney Centers give insight into the life and the mindset of kidney patients on dialysis. Read about their respective experiences with dialysis and how they’ve benefited from their treatment. The high level of care and positive outcomes that our patients enjoy is a direct reflection of the strong community support from donors like you. Thank you!  CFD Charity Code# 0316011


Bonnie Martin—“When life hands you lemons. You make lemonade.”

Plain-spoken and full of energy, Bonnie forges ahead, determined to limit the impact of dialysis on her life and routines.

Bonnie Martin still entertains most days even though she’s retired from the family business of running hotels and restaurants in Buckley. She drives to the Northwest Kidney Centers’ Enumclaw clinic at 5:30 a.m. to be the day’s first patient. That way, she’s able to finish in time to visit the senior center or to maintain her status as “garage sale queen.”

“Everything changed all at once,” she said, referring to 2013 when her husband died and her kidneys failed. “I’m not a candidate for a transplant. I said, ‘Give those kidneys to a younger person.’ Without dialysis, they’re going to throw dirt in my face. I knew I needed to be tough to keep going.”


Emmett Smith—“I wouldn’t want to go anyplace else.”nw-kidney-center-2016

A young father with his life and career ahead of him, Emmett saw dialysis as only a temporary setback. Now the recipient of a successful kidney transplant, he reflects on his time with Northwest Kidney Centers.

Emmett was shocked when he was diagnosed with a kidney disorder called IgA nephropathy. “I was young, and I felt like nothing could stop me,” he said.

He did peritoneal dialysis treatments at home for a few months before transitioning to our clinic in Renton. There he juggled the life-saving treatments with his job enforcing safety at an indoor shooting range and with his wife, Esther, and young daughter, Arianna.

“On dialysis, my biggest challenges were scheduling—balancing my job and home life with three days a week, four hours each time at the clinic,” he said. Before his transplant, when he still on dialysis, he had great confidence in the staff at Northwest Kidney Centers. “They are awesome, professional, well-educated—they know what they’re doing.”

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