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Hollister man spreads word on home dialysis - Hollister Free Lance PDF Print
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Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2015 3:13 pm

Gilroy will be the last stop on a tour designed to help people fighting chronic kidney disease.

With the support of sponsors, Elias Arciniega, 39, of Hollister, has spent the past week spreading the word about what has helped him live a normal life despite his illness—home dialysis.

An estimator and project manager for a Morgan Hill construction company, Arciniega has suffered from chronic kidney disease and required dialysis for almost half his life.

However, he has never missed any of his five children’s field trips and works full-time. His full and meaningful life, he says, is due to his ability to administer dialysis at home. Six days a week he finds 2 to 3 hours in his schedule to clean his blood, according to a press release sent out in advance of his four-city “Freedom Tour.”

Currently, fewer than 10 percent of U.S. dialysis patients opt for self-administered home dialysis, but it’s gaining popularity as more people become aware of its advantages, according to Arciniega’s press release.

His stops, including Gilroy on Friday, will be at Satellite WellBound sites, the company that oversees his treatment.

Satellite, along with home dialysis equipment manufacturer NxStage have arranged for Arciniega and his family to spend a week in a Santa Cruz beach hotel while he travels to a nearby cities to demonstrate his treatment and educate people about the benefits of home dialysis.

Arciniega and his tour will be at Satellite Healthcare Gilroy, 7800 Arroyo Circle, Ste. B, on Friday from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.

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