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Mat Risher

Patient Advocate and Community Activist


Mat Risher was diagnosed with lupus at the age of 16, and kidney failure a decade later. He's been on dialysis, but wishes there was a treatment option that didn’t “slow down” his life. Mat wishes that one day his treatment will not get in the way of the things he really wants to do - travel and see the world. Mat is highly motivated and driven by his passion for Auto and Drift racing. He continues to be the voice of Pacific Northwest drifting.  Mat refuses to let kidney disease define him, and while dialysis is keeping him alive, he believes his life will be transformed and once again, speed up to "100 miles per hour."