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Oct 16, 2019

A Time to Shine gala highlights prominent leader in kidney community

The kidney community will gather to celebrate A Time to Shine, an annual celebration to shine a light on the impact of kidney disease and celebrate the accomplishments of our renal community.  Emceed by CityTV’s Cristina Howorun, the event will pay tribute to Humber River nephrologist, Dr. Andreas Pierratos, a leader in the field of daily nocturnal hemodialysis.

“Dr. Pierratos has dedicated his career to improving the quality of life of dialysis patients, bringing new hope to Canadians living with kidney disease. His influence extends beyond this country, and he is recognized around the world for developing an effective alternative to conventional dialysis,” said Craig Kerr, President of The Kidney Foundation’s Ontario Branch. 

The approach Dr. Pierratos has championed with such passion, has led to significant advances in dialysis treatment. Patients can now opt to dialyze at home while they sleep, keeping their days free and gaining more control of their schedule. Longer overnight hemodialysis sessions are associated with better health and an improved quality of life.

David Brooks, a patient of Dr. Pierratos, has been on nocturnal dialysis for 25 years.  “I owe, in great part, my tremendous quality of life to Dr. Andreas Pierratos and the Home Team at Humber River Hospital,” said Brooks.
Dr. Pierratos will receive the George deVeber Distinguished Service Award. The late Dr. G. deVeber gave leadership to a dedicated group of people who brought The Kidney Foundation to life in Ontario in 1968.  Dr. deVeber founded the first chronic dialysis program in Ontario at Toronto Western Hospital. He made a tremendous impact on patients through his work in dialysis and transplant, advocating for improved treatment options and programs which supported their emotional wellbeing.

1 in 10 Canadians has kidney disease, and millions more are at risk. Kidney disease is a permanent life-changing diagnosis. The Kidney Foundation of Canada is the national organization dedicated to providing support to patients and their families by providing information and education. The foundation is a leading investor in research that will lead to improved treatments and a cure for kidney disease.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception and the formal program will begin at 7 p.m. at the Palais Royale, 1601 Lakeshore Blvd, West. The event will include a silent auction and special acoustic performance by Kim Davis.  For more information and to purchase tickets visit our website or call 1-800-387-4474 ext.4964. 

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