It was just another Walk for the Cure, hundreds of good folks raising money for Kidney Disease research on a bright fall morning. No one could have predicted that this time, the "Walk for the Cure" would actually lead to a cure for one of the participants in the walk, but it did.
Emma Smith of Lancaster, PA, who had been on dialysis for several months and participated in the walk with her friends and family, was surprised and thrilled to discover when she went in to dialysis a few days after the Walk that her kidney failure had reversed itself. Blood tests confirmed that her kidneys had returned to normal function.
Walk organizers were stunned and pledged to hold a Walk for the Cure every week if possible given these miraculous results. Unfortunately, the National Kidney Foundation removed the Lancaster, PA group from their list of approved "Walks for the Cure" upon learning of the incident.
A representative who would only speak off the record said: "Where would we be and how would we get those giant donations from Big Pharma if people started getting cured of kidney disease through walking? It would be the death knell for our jobs and our bottom line."