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Kidney Disease Awareness

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DCI Big Sky held a special carnival Saturday for the whole family. It's the first annual Big Sky Kaptain Kidney Karnival and a place for everyone from pediatrics to geriatrics to learn about kidney health.

"We really wanted to focus on the family, because kidney disease affects the family," said Danielle Gulbrandson of DCI Big Sky. "It doesn't have to be a scary situation. There's so much that we can do in this day in age with kidney disease that you can make it more family oriented. We have dialysis that you can do at home."

The Kaptain Kidney Karnival informs the whole family about staying healthy and educating them about kidney disease. One in three adults are at risk for kidney disease and every two hours, one person dies waiting for a kidney transplant.

"Kidneys is what cleans the toxins out of your body. Without your kidneys, your toxins build up," said Gilbrandson. "Our purpose here was to make people aware of what you can do to prevent kidney disease."

Different healthcare organizations came together for the Kaptain Kidney Karnival to provide medical education including blood pressure checks, ways to reduce salt intake, the risk of smoking, and diabetes testing.

More than 382,000 people depend on dialysis for survival, and at the end of 2012, 720 Montanans were on dialysis treatments.