PEOPLE > Nichole Jefferson
Patient and Community Advocate, Research Participant
Nichole Jefferson, who currently resides in Dallas, TX, was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease in 2003 and experienced both forms of dialysis (HD and PD). On June 12, 2008, she received the gift of life, a kidney transplant. Due to the many obstacles she faced following her transplant, Nichole realized that a transplant was simply another form of treatment and not a cure. This realization initiated her enthusiasm for advocacy. Nichole shares her story with her community and underserved populations and speaks with legislators regarding the need for early detection and other issues relating to chronic kidney disease. She became a Field Ambassador for the American Association of Kidney Patients in 2017, joined the Home Dialyzors United (HDU) Board of Directors in 2017 and was recently elected President of the Board. In addition, she serves on the Kidney Precision Medicine Project Community Engagement Committee and is the co-leader of the NIDDK APOLLO Community Advisory Board.