Christine has dedicated her life to helping others and has been a Registered Nurse for over nine years. In 2016 she found out she had kidney disease. Along with her siblings and other family members, she discovered they have a genetic condition that attacks different people at different stages of life, with everyone in the family having a 50/50 chance of getting it. Christine advocates for more funding for kidney disease research and treatments, specifically for rare/genetic conditions that cause kidney failure. Christine became an AAKP Ambassador for her home state of Illinois in 2021. Her passion is to ensure that all kidney warriors have rights and legislation that help them live better lives and achieve their aspirations. Christine also strives to make a difference by using her unique experience as both a nurse and a kidney patient.
Christine is active in various AAKP education and advocacy initiatives, including two AAKP-initiated and led National Awareness Days – Stop the Itch Day (June 3) and National High Potassium Awareness Day (May 1). At the request of AAKP, Christine has also participated in the various industry and Federal agency roles – including the Standing Patient Council for the FINE-ONE Clinical Trial (Bayer) as well as the National Institutes of Health Clinical Trial Workshop.
Professional Awards/Honors received:
- 2012 Present International Nursing Honors Society Sigma Beta Thau