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Fresenius Medical Care and Shad Ireland Honor Quarter Century Patients

Inspirational Dialysis Patient Will Visit Facilities Across U.S. in January and February

WALTHAM, Mass. – Jan. 27, 2011 - Patient advocate and triathlete Shad Ireland will help raise awareness of patients on dialysis for 25 years or more by visiting a select group of clinics across the U.S. over the next two months. Ireland is a national spokesman for Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, which annually recognizes its 25-year patients with the Quarter Century Patient Recognition Program. Ireland’s visits will include a plaque presentation to patient honorees in Texas, Virginia, Louisiana and Ohio.

Most dialysis patients go to a clinic three times a week for treatments lasting three to four hours at a time. Quarter Century Patients have demonstrated that a sustained commitment to their treatment program and healthy living, combined with receiving high quality care, can lead to a long and productive life.

"Our Quarter Century patients have shown courage and an unwavering dedication to achieving better health, including an active lifestyle, healthy diet, and working closely with their health care team," said Raymond Hakim, MD, chief medical officer at FMCNA. "Their accomplishment is proof that patients can live long, healthy, and fulfilling lives while on dialysis."

Ireland is a home dialysis patient and a Quarter Century Patient himself — he was diagnosed with kidney failure at age 10 and has been on dialysis for 27 years, while surviving two failed kidney transplants. Despite his struggles with kidney disease, Ireland is an accomplished athlete who has completed more than 20 triathlons. In 2009, he biked 4,639 miles across the U.S. on his “What Inspires You” bike tour to promote chronic kidney disease education and awareness.

"It's rewarding to meet these patients, and help inspire them to stay dedicated to their treatment and to continue leading rewarding lives," said Ireland. "These strong, devoted people help show other patients that there is life after a kidney disease diagnosis, and they can still accomplish great things."

Dialysis is a life-sustaining process that cleans waste products from the blood, removes extra fluids and controls the body’s chemistry when a person’s kidneys fail. Dialysis patients typically require treatment on an ongoing basis unless they receive a kidney transplant.

Congratulations to Our Quarter Century Patients


Gabriel D. Adams
Years on dialysis: 25
Mobile, AL

Jose Nazario Alvarado
Years on dialysis: 25
San German, Puerto Rico

Bobbie Ayers
Years on dialysis: 31
Lenoir, NC

Ron Barnett
Years on dialysis: 26
Wichita, KS

Andrew Barron
Years on dialysis: 25
Houma, LA

Claudia Blair
Years on dialysis: 25
Brooklyn, NY

Julie Boatwright
Years on dialysis: 26
Orient, OH

Maury Booth
Years on dialysis: 33
Crowley, TX

Willie Brown
Years on dialysis: 27
Rochester, NY

Camilla Buchanan
Years on dialysis: 33
Selden, NY

James Burton 
Years on Dialysis: 32
Baton Rouge, LA

Daniel Bustos
Years on dialysis: 31
Cheyenne, WY

Deborah Caldwell
Years on dialysis: 37
Pittsburgh, PA

Lisa Calestino
Years on dialysis: 27
Smithfield, RI

Albert Carter
Years on dialysis: 27
Springfield, MA

Freddie Chapman
Years on dialysis: 27
New Bern, NC

Chris Chaput
Years on dialysis: 28
Webster, MA

Adolph Christensen
Years on dialysis: 29
Universal City, TX

Milton Cooper
Years on dialysis: 31
Austin, TX

Jose Corral
Years on dialysis: 27
San Fernando, CA

Rosario Corral
Years on dialysis: 32
San Fernando, CA

Joy Corrica
Years on dialysis: 36
Brooklyn, NY

Bill Cossen, Sr. 
Years on dialysis: 26
Uniondale, NY

Ural Crawford
Years on dialysis: 26
Carrollton, TX

Bryan Credle
Years on dialysis: 25
Hometown: New Bern, NC

Steven Curtin
Years on dialysis: 25
Petaluma, CA

David Davis
Years on dialysis: 29
Smyrna, DE

Evernard W. Davis, Jr.
Years on dialysis: 34
Indianapolis, IN

James Dore
Years on dialysis: 26
Washington, D.C.

Bonnie Dorrough
Years on dialysis: 26
Bruce, MS

Wayne Edwards
Years on dialysis: 25
Vilonia, AR

Edward Emanuel
Years on dialysis: 30
Hometown: Columbus, OH

Sherry Ennis
Years on dialysis: 26
Baltimore, MD

Judith Engel
Years on dialysis: 25
Hometown: Sterling Heights, MI

Steve Fasbender
Years on dialysis: 26
Spokane, WA

Clarine Fenton
Years on dialysis: 31
Boston, MA

Lucille Floyd
Years on dialysis: 35
Elizabeth, NJ

Lyn Fitzsimmons
Years on dialysis: 28
Orrville, OH

Anna Frisby
Years on dialysis: 26
Wilmington, DE

Alice Faye Hart
Years on dialysis: 39
Roxbury, MA

Cynthia Garcia
Years on dialysis: 29
Gonzalez, TX

Bruce Grimes
Years on dialysis: 26
Detroit, MI

Debra Guest
Years on dialysis: 32
Greensboro, NC

Vernon Hastings
Years on dialysis: 39
Sequin, TX

Saadia Santiago Hernandez
Years on dialysis: 28
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

David Hood
Years on dialysis: 26
Albany, NY

Ron Howell
Years on dialysis: 34
Norfolk, VA

Barbara Hylton 
Years on dialysis: 29
Townsend, DE

Shad Ireland
Years on dialysis: 27
Buford, GA

Thomas Jenson
Years on dialysis: 29
Yonkers, NY

Dorian Johnson
Years on dialysis: 27
Newark, NJ

Jeffrey Johnson
Years on dialysis: 31
Houston, TX

Jarrod Jones
Years on dialysis: 27
Bessemer, AL

Monica Juevra
Years on dialysis: 28
Mammoth, AZ

Robert Kersey
Years on dialysis: 25
Marrero, LA

Barbara Keyes
Years on dialysis: 34
Brooklyn, NY

Danny Knight
Years on dialysis: 26
Waxahachie, TX

Diane Lang
Years on dialysis: 28
Cheyenne, WY

Luis Alfredo Larrea
Years on dialysis: 36
Miami, FL

Lillie Lee
Years on dialysis: 25
Bethel, NC

Anthony Lewandowski
Years on dialysis: 29
New Castle, DE

Audrey Lizarraga
Years on dialysis: 27
Scottsdale, AZ

Shirley Longoria
Years on dialysis: 25
Fort Worth, TX

Gregg Lyttle
Years on dialysis: 31
Phoenix, AZ

Amadeo Madrid
Years on dialysis: 30
Mammoth, AZ

Debbie Martinez
Years on dialysis: 33
Pueblo, CO

Juan Martinez
Years on dialysis: 32
Houston, TX

Richard R. Martinez
Years on dialysis: 30
Carrollton, TX

Ida Marshall
Years on dialysis: 25
Lane, AR

Joy Matthews
Years on dialysis: 27
Redmond, OR

Frances Matula
Years on dialysis: 26
El Campo, TX

David McCulla
Years on dialysis: 33
Mount Prospect, IL

Clifford McGary
Years on dialysis: 32
Houston, TX

Robert McLemore
Years on dialysis: 38
Houston, TX

Deena Meadows
Years on dialysis: 27
Louisville, KY

Jerome Mitchell
Years on dialysis: 35
Grove City, OH

George Moment
Years on dialysis: 28
Washington, DC

Teresa Marcano Montanez
Years on dialysis: 36
Caguas, Puerto Rico

Johnnie Moore
Years on dialysis: 31
Macon, GA

Neshell Monroe
Years on dialysis: 28
Houston, TX

Doris Munyan
Years on dialysis: 26
Macungie, PA

Kitty Neal
Years on dialysis: 34
Columbia, SC

Traci Neas
Years on dialysis: 34
Cypress, TX

Carrie Newborn
Years on dialysis: 34
Dumas, AR

Larry Neyhart
Years on dialysis: 30
Bend, OR

Waveney Ritch Noble
Years on dialysis: 25
Brooklyn, NY

Carol Nolan
Years on dialysis: 25
Sandusky, MI

Minnie O’Neal
Years on dialysis: 30
Gonzalez, TX

Patricia Patee
Years on dialysis: 36
Ellis, KS

Willie Patt
Years on dialysis: 25
Houston, TX

Ramon Pardo
Years on dialysis: 33
Floresville, TX

Carlos Perez
Years on dialysis: 25
Homestead, FL

Ruben Perez
Years on dialysis: 35
Downers Grove, IL

Ira Petty, Jr.
Years on dialysis: 33
East Orange, NJ

Karen Pleasant
Years on dialysis: 25
Dorchester, MA

Kathleen Prendergast
Years on dialysis: 32
Scotts, MI

Marcus Quarles
Years on dialysis: 32
Indianapolis, IN

Percell Raleigh
Years on dialysis: 28
Greensboro, NC

Guadalupe Raygoza
Years on dialysis: 28
Bellflower, CA

Carmelo Perez Rivera
Years on dialysis: 30
Ponce, Puerto Rico

Eliezer Mercado Rivera
Years on dialysis: 31
Humaco, Puerto Rico

Maria Martinez Rivera
Years on dialysis: 26
Carolina, Puerto Rico

Kathleen Romanick
Years on dialysis: 26
Bethlehem, PA

Scott Rose
Years on dialysis: 31
Poland, ME

Jeremy M. Rother
Years on dialysis: 32
Coon Rapids, MN

Robert Ruder
Years on dialysis: 30
Kalamazoo, MI

Jaime Vega Sanchez
Years on dialysis: 27
Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico

Marion Saulsberry
Years on dialysis: 25
Mobile, AL

Pearl Schenker
Years on dialysis: 25 
Lawton, OK

Bradley Schwartz
Years on dialysis: 26
Rogers, MN

David Smith
Years on dialysis: 28
Greensboro, NC

David Spinney
Years on dialysis: 26
Tampa, FL

Deborah Stephenson
Years on dialysis: 27
Mammoth, AZ

Valerie Stroup
Years on dialysis: 36
Tampa, FL

Kenny Sullivan
Years on dialysis: 34
Jeffersonville, IN

Eddie Taylor
Years on dialysis: 27
Norfolk, VA

Randy Taylor 
Years on dialysis: 26
Castlewood, VA

Leigh Anne Tanzberger
Years on dialysis: 31
Sugar Land, TX

Dewayne Ussery
Years on dialysis: 25
Macon, GA

Regina Vazquez
Years on dialysis: 28
San Diego, CA

Helena Vivian
Years on dialysis: 38
Cibolo, TX

Valerie Walendziak
Years on dialysis: 36
Uncasville, CT

Tracy Warren
Years on dialysis: 32
Amarillo, TX

William Webb
Years on dialysis: 26
Tampa, FL

Kenneth E. Weldon
Years on dialysis: 29
Greenville, AL

Emerson West, Jr.
Years on dialysis: 29
Philadelphia, PA

Barbara Williams
Years on dialysis: 25
Philadelphia, PA

Gary S. Williams
Years on dialysis: 35
Southfield, MI

Machelle Williams
Years on dialysis: 28
Fort Valley, GA

Odell Williams
Years on dialysis: 25
Chicago, IL

Rachell Williams
Years on dialysis: 25
Enfield, NC

Fletcher Willis
Years on dialysis: 35
Houston, TX

Agnes Wilson
Years on dialysis: 25
Bear, DE

Cleo White
Years on dialysis: 28 Columbia, SC

Maritza Zarate
Years on dialysis: 28
Calexico, CA

About Fresenius Medical Care

Fresenius Medical Care (NYSE: FMS) is the world’s leading company devoted to patient-oriented renal therapy. Through more than 2,700 clinics in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Africa, we provide kidney dialysis treatments to approximately 210,000 patients worldwide. We are also the world's leading maker of dialysis products such as hemodialysis machines, dialyzers and related disposable products. Chronic kidney failure is a condition that affects about 1.9 million individuals worldwide.

For more information about the company’s more than 1,800 U.S. dialysis facilities, visit www.ultracare-dialysis.com (in English and Spanish). For more information about Fresenius Medical Care, visit www.fmc-ag.com or www.fmcna.com.