In 2006, Sharron Rouse heard the frightening words, “Your kidneys are failing!” Shocked, confused, and overwhelmed by the news, she decided on that fateful day to take an active role in her kidney care to ensure her kidney journey would not be in vain. The doctors diagnosed her condition as Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). The disease was controlled through medication until 2012 when Sharron began hemodialysis. She later transitioned to peritoneal dialysis. On December 2, 2013, Sharron received the gift of life from her sister, Shonte’ Simpson.
Sharron actively volunteers with local kidney organizations to raise awareness on issues related to kidney disease and transplantation. She has served on the kidney walk committee for the National Kidney Foundation (National Capital Area) and has been among the top fundraisers for the past several years. To expand the scope of her reach, Sharron recently founded Kindness for Kidneys International, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, encouraging, and empowering kidney patients and their families. Sharron lives in Maryland with her husband Shawn and daughter Kyla.