The Kidney Kare 5K Run/Walk took place on March 15, 2014. The UNC Kidney Center recently highlighed the stories of four participants who participated in the event.
Crystal Moseley, Kidney Patient and Fundraiser
Crystal Moseley has kidney disease, and is a patient of Dr. Patrick Nachman and Dr. Elizabeth Brant at the UNC Kidney Center. She was diagnosed with lupus about 12 years ago. Crystal has been an active supporter of the Kidney Kare Run/Walk and has led a fundraising team, “Crystal’s Crazies”, that has grown to a mighty number of 50 participants.
Could you tell us about your experience with kidney disease?
I was diagnosed with lupus in Spring of 2002. At the time, it affected my joints and skin. Early 2005, I gained weight suddenly. I later found out it was fluid caused by lupus nephritis. That spring, I started seeing Dr Nachman. He helped get it under control and I eventually started feeling better.
Why do you enjoy supporting the Kidney Kare Run/Walk?
I started running when I was 9. My family and I ran many races. My brother and I ran the first Kidney Kare race in 2006 when it was a 5 mile event. I have participated most years since that. For the past few years, I’ve had a team that has grown each year.
This Saturday, over 50 kids and adults will be participating with me. I feel so passionate about supporting the UNC Kidney Center because they have been wonderful to me. I want to raise awareness of kidney disease because it is a silent killer. Most people experience no symptoms.
Will you run or walk? And have you been training?
I will run. I have been training by running 2-3 times a week and doing crossfit. I am a physical education teacher and I started a running club at school this year. It has been very fulfilling to teach kids how to pace themselves and enjoy running as exercise.
What are you looking forward to on race day?
I am excited about seeing so many people come together for a great cause. My team has a superhero theme this year so I can’t wait to see how they dress up. I am also happy about the beautiful weather that is predicted.