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Iya Bekondo-Granatella Interview with 1 Rep Camer

Please tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Iya Bekondo-Granatella, kidney transplant recipient, and Founder of the Iya Kidney Foundation. I am a Cameroonian, currently residing in the United States.


Why the Iya Foundation? How did it all start? 

The passion of The Iya Foundation is born of personal experiences. I was diagnosed with Kidney Disease at age 7, and lost both of my kidneys ten years later to kidney failure. After 5 years of dialysis therapy, God shined His grace upon me, and made it possible for me to get a renal transplant through my amazing selfless mom who donated one of her kidneys to me. Our transplant will be 10 years on September 6th 2015

How do you accomplish your vision? The activities of the foundation

Our awareness campaigns include: giving a kidney talk at your place of worship; our annual walk and barbeque fundraiser that  further echoes kidney and organ donation awareness, sending out educative and informative materials through our e-newsletter, as well as use social media to advocate through our daily educative updates and campaigns, such as our Green Campaign – where we beckon the public to wear their green outfits and post it on social media with a caption that highlights kidney and organ donation awareness.

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