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Emmett Smith

Transplant recipient, Community and Patient Advocate


Emmett is a recent transplant recipient. IgA nephropathy came as a shock to Emmett, because of his age and that he had always been healthy. When his kidneys failed, he did peritoneal dialysis treatments at home for a few months and later transitioned to NKC’s clinic in Renton. Emmett juggles many responsibilities with his job as a Lead Carpenter and Superintendent, and family time with wife Esther and daughter Arianna. Emmett has been successful in community fundraising for NKC and is very interested in kidney disease research and novel dialysis technologies. He is a member of NKC Young Professionals Advisory Forum.