Friday, September 26, 2008

Dialysis Patients Receive Hope from UH Football Program

Left to right: UH Associate Head Football Coach Rich Miano, Matt Mishina of Oceanic Time Warner Cable, UH Athletic Director Jim Donovan, Rep. Michael Magaoay, Liberty Dialysis Hawaii Executive Vice President Jane Gibbons, Rep. John Mizuno, UH Head Basketball Coach Bob Nash, and UH Head Baseball Coach Mike Trapasso.

Rep. Mike Magaoay tours Liberty Dialysis with University of Hawaii officials.

Liberty Dialysis, through an agreement with Oceanic Time Warner Cable, will provide live pay per view telecasts of the University of Hawaii football games for the 2008 season for the patients in their 15 clinics across the state. Each patient station has a flat screen television.

Chronic Kidney Disease is the 9th leading cause of death in Hawaii and is on the rise. According to the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii, there are 156,000 residents with this disease and another 100,000 predisposed to contract it. This is a debilitating illness from which many people die before starting dialysis or receiving a kidney transplant, thus it's label "the silent killer."

Rep. Magaoay: "Hawaii has a higher rate of kidney disease than the rest of the nation, and, therefore, it is critical that the state expeditiously address this deadly disease."

Rep. Mizuno: "It is great to see Liberty Dialysis Hawaii, working with Oceanic Time Warner Cable and the University of Hawaii, Athletics Department to provide live UH sports telecasts, where our patients will be able to feel removed from their medical environment and in tune with a live sporting event, cheering for our UH teams in a great season of hope."

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am beginning to wonder if the UH football Warriors truly have enough extra "hope" to be sharing any.

Shelley said...

This is really great! I live in Texas (yes, I'm a big UT fan, heehee), and I came across this article while Google-ing. I'm also a dialysis patient. I've had kidney failure for 19 years. I know a lot of patients at my clinic love football, so way to go UH!! Thanks for helping make dialysis a little easier to deal with!