56 years old - Greensboro, North Carolina - Featured on October 18, 2010
Dialysis Patient Uses Voice to Inspire Peers, Legislators
One of Harvey Jones' many stops on the road as a singer was the set of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. When not traveling, Harvey receives dialysis treatment at Fresenius Medical Care Southwest Greensboro in North Carolina.
After years on the road as a singer with Al Green, Mary J. Blige, Hall & Oates, Michael McDonald and many others, Harvey Jones wasn’t about to let kidney failure stop his momentum. Rather, he embraced his diagnosis and puts all his extra energy into helping other chronic kidney disease patients.
Since beginning dialysis in June 2001, Harvey continues to sing all over the United States, as well as internationally. Over the past 19 years, he has been on in-center hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and received a transplant which his body rejected after 8 years. Harvey is currently on in-center hemodialysis, and is on the kidney transplant waiting list.
Being on the road, traveling from one music venue to another makes it hard for Harvey to sit still. He owns a publishing company, enjoys reading and is also a minister. In order to keep physically fit, he walks two to three miles a day.
One of Harvey's most rewarding activities is his participation in an end stage renal disease (ESRD) patient support group in Greensboro, N.C., called the Dialysis Action Committee (D.A.C.). The D.A.C. is a nonprofit which provides patient support through celebrations and picnics, kidney disease screenings with the local National Kidney Foundation chapter, and meetings with local legislators about laws that impact the ESRD community.
Harvey receives a tremendous amount of support from his family. He has been happily married for 38 years and is a father of three. He also loves his local dialysis care team and facility, and says, “I wouldn’t dialyze anywhere other than Fresenius Medical Care.
Harvey’s goal is to assist others living with ESRD and help them embrace their diagnosis, and remain optimistic and happy. “Attitude and laughter are part of the medicine needed to help you live with kidney failure," he says.
Fresenius Medical Care is happy to announce that since this profile was written, Harvey has received a kidney transplant.