NBA Star and Transplant Recipient Sean Elliott Raises Awareness of Kidney Disease in Partnership with Fresenius Kidney Care


WALTHAM, Mass., March 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Fresenius Kidney Care, the nation’s leading provider of kidney care services, partners with NBA All-Star Sean Elliot during National Kidney Month to raise awareness of kidney disease and the importance of early detection. Elliott thrived despite his kidney disease and continued his NBA career after a successful transplant.

“Kidney disease has affected my life, my family and my career,” Elliott said. “I had a responsibility to my team to look after my health. Getting tested and monitoring my condition allowed me to find the right treatment and even get back to playing the game I love.”

Elliott first learned of his kidney disease, called focal segmental glomerular sclerosis, after the 1992-93 NBA season. He received a kidney transplant six years later from his brother, Christmas Elliot. After the surgery was successful and he took a long time to recover, Elliott returned to the field as the first NBA player to return after a transplant.

More than 20 years later, Elliott speaks publicly about the importance of kidney health awareness, chronic kidney disease (CKD) education, and screening. This year, Elliott and Fresenius Kidney Care are joining forces to raise awareness about kidney disease and educate people about the importance of knowing their kidney health.

“Stories like Sean’s are the reason we strive to provide holistic kidney care to our patients,” said Mike Asselta, president of Fresenius Kidney Care. “Our team of nurses, technicians, social workers, dietitians and other healthcare providers all work together to provide the support people need to thrive while living with kidney disease. We are also proud to help raise awareness of the importance of early detection, which can help slow disease progression.”

During National Kidney Month, Fresenius Kidney Care supports national kidney health awareness efforts, as it is estimated that 1 in 7 people suffer from kidney disease. Many, like Elliott, don’t even know they have it, as CKD is known to be a silent disease in the early stages. Fresenius Kidney Care is getting the message out to employees and others like Elliott who act as kidney coaches to educate family and friends about the importance of early detection and screening for CRF. To learn more about kidney disease and these educational efforts, visit

To stay informed about this partnership with Sean Elliot and find out how you can become a Kidney Coach during National Kidney Month, follow them on social media:

About Fresenius Kidney Care
Fresenius Kidney Care, a division of Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), provides kidney care education, dialysis treatment and support services to more than 200,000 people with kidney disease each year, from home or at more than 2,600 locations nationwide. Fresenius Kidney Care’s dedicated teams help treat the physical and emotional aspects of kidney disease through personalized care, education and lifestyle support services. For more information about Fresenius Kidney Care, visit

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Fresenius Medical Care North America
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SOURCE Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.


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