It is with great pleasure that Home Dialyzors United announces the expansion of its Board of Directors. Joining the board will be two long time patients who are strong advocates for improving the lives of dialyzors through education and advocacy.
Benjamin Ruback, a graduate of Harvard College, who currently teaches high school science in the Boston area, brings a wealth of experience to the board. Although Ben has experienced virtually every type of modality, including PD, in center HD, and transplant, he has been on home dialysis since 2007 and nocturnal home dialysis since 2011. Ben is eager to work with the board “to educate patients, professionals, and lawmakers about home dialysis and to develop the logistics necessary to meet those goals.” He feels his strength lies in his communication abilities and in his passion for spreading the word about living a successful, normal life while on dialysis. Recently, Ben has taken advocacy to Capitol Hill as part of the congressional briefing on home dialysis and by meetings in various congressional offices.
Jim Smith is in his 8th year on home hemodialysis, often traveling around the country in an RV, educating patients and center personnel about the benefits of home modalities and helping patients create a positive attitude. He also has experience in sales and in show planning and management, both domestic and international. Jim feels that issues which need to be addressed include the ability to dialyze without a partner and organizational projects such as member recruitment and grass roots education using local groups and venues.
Both new board members are looking forward to developing new projects and to continuing the long standing programs of Home Dialyzors United.
Home Dialyzors United, a 501(c)(3) non-profit patient organization, is the only dialysis patient organization dedicated to home dialysis. HDU’s main focus is advocating and supporting those on home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis modalities, and all patients and care partners who are interested in obtaining more information about home dialysis.