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Over 26 million people across the United States have kidney disease and over 90,000 are on the waiting list for a kidney transplant. Kidney disease claims the lives of 18-20 people each day as they wait for a kidney transplant Learn More


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“I Didn’t Know” has become a labor of love for me since the day I had my kidney transplant.  It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) that I realized how rampant CKD is in the United States.  


Chronic Kidney Disease can strike anyone.  More than 26 million Americans have CKD and don’t know it.  But Black Americans are at a greater risk due to higher rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, and family history. Hence the title of my documentary, “I Didn’t Know.”


The warning signs of CKD are so masked that many people are walking around with symptoms and don’t know it. I didn’t know that early kidney disease has no symptoms, and can become kidney failure with little or no warning.  By the time I did know, I was less than a year away from needing a kidney transplant.  


The goal of “I Didn’t Know” is to make viewers aware that CKD is a deadly disease, and that early testing can prevent or slow the disease.  And it does so with expert commentary and analysis from medical professionals with countless years of experience in the field of kidney health.  


“I Didn’t Know” also includes kidney organ recipients and donors telling their stories – stories that will bring tears to your eyes.  You will see that kidney disease affects people of all ages.


All of this is brought together wonderfully with narration by James Brown of CBS Television.


My hope is that “I Didn’t Know” raises awareness and ultimately helps save lives.


Ron Minor

Executive Producer     





I Didn't Know" is a health awareness-education documentary focusing on the debilitating and life-altering affects of kidney disease on our nation’s population.