Kicking Up Fundraising Efforts
For the past six months, I’ve been training for the 2017 Baja 1000 race, which kicks off this November in Ensenada, Mexico. I’ve also been trying to raise funds to help pay for the race and to donate to the National Kidney Foundation (NKF). We are less than two months away from the start of the race. So, now is the time to turn up the heat in my request for support. I am not asking for help for myself. But I want to make sure this race counts for something more than just the achievement of a lifelong goal.
Fighting Chronic Kidney Disease
I want to be able to donate to the NKF because I have lived through the horror of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). I suffered with it for years without knowing the source of the pain. My eventual diagnosis and treatment by the great staff at University of Southern California Medical Center literally changed my life. So, I am passionate about helping other people find out about their kidney health and seek treatment. For me, the answer was nephrectomy. Others choose dialysis, stents or medication, depending on the extent of their disease and associated symptoms.
To call attention to CKD and support kidney treatment, I am undertaking a physical, financial and emotional challenge. At 62 years of age, I plan to Ironman the race. This goal has earned me the nickname Viejo Loco Chingon (Old Crazy Badass) by friends and fans alike. As a survivor of Chronic Kidney Disease, left with only one kidney, I don’t let my condition define me. I like to live life to the fullest and want to encourage others to do the same. Getting on a bike and racing through the Mexican desert may seem loco. But I look forward to doing it because it demonstrates the fact that a CKD diagnosis doesn’t have to mean the end of an active, rich life.
About the Race
The Baja 1000 allows drivers to compete in one of several vehicle classes – from such small and large bore motorcycles, stock Volkswagen, production vehicles, buggies, trucks, and custom fabricated race vehicles. The course has remained relatively unchanged over the years, alternating in a point-to-point race from Ensenada to La Paz, or a loop race starting and finishing in Ensenada.
About Dennis Rogers
If you believe in what I am doing – calling attention to the importance of kidney health by competing in a race that most sane people would never attempt, please donate today. Click here to donate to my GoFundMe campaign. Also, follow my videos learn from my experiences, laugh at me or with me. I will share my knowledge of what in hopes I’ll be able to help others along the way. The best advice I can give is to get to know your kidney health. A simple blood test can reveal how well your kidneys are functioning. So, ask your doctor for a test. It will be time well spent.