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Mary Ann Milo

39 years old - Avondale, Arizona - Featured on March 12, 2010

On a Mission to Spread Happiness and Promote Education

Fresenius Medical Care patient Mary Ann Milo with her niece, Grace Ann Miller, at a family dinner.

Mary Ann Milo is a 39-year-old dialysis patient who lives in Avondale, Ariz. Mary Ann was diagnosed with kidney disease at the age of two, and her kidneys lost all function by the time she was nine. At that point, she started her first round of peritoneal dialysis. Her first transplant, from her father, lasted 12 years but eventually failed. Then she returned to peritoneal dialysis. She was able to get a second transplant that lasted up until three years ago, and is now currently on in-center hemodialysis at Fresenius Medical Care Avondale.

Despite her ups and downs, Mary Ann’s mission in life is to bring happiness to those around her and help patients on dialysis. Mary Ann has taken great interest in educating other patients about dialysis, and she created a patient council that meets every month. She has also volunteered to be a patient representative at her clinic. Mary Ann is very dedicated to her treatment program, and has even learned to help set up her own dialysis treatment at the clinic.

Mary Ann is a fourth-grade teacher at Freedom Elementary School located in Buckeye, Ariz., where she has taught for nine years. Prior to teaching, she volunteered at the Geisinger Medical Center where she worked with pediatric dialysis patients. Mary Ann loves to hike, travel, and remain as active as possible. Mary Ann is planning a vacation to visit her sister in El Paso this year, and intends to study nursing with a focus in nephrology.