Richard David Fissel
Richard Fissel presented with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) following a kidney biopsy at Kaiser Permanente / Irvine, CA in January, 2012. CellCept helped delay dialysis until kidney function reached 6% and he started treatments in February of 2014. He is on the transplant list at Christiana Medical Center and The Kidney Project at U.C. San Francisco.
Richard began research on FSGS immediately following his diagnosis and discovered NephCure Kidney International, an organization focused on finding a cure for FSGS and Nephrotic Symptom. After moving from Orange County to Delaware in 2013 he became a patient volunteer at NephCure’s PA headquarters, joining their patient registry, attending area patient lunch & learns, helping out on marketing material, working the annual Countdown to a Cure fundraising gala in NYC and meeting with senate and congressional offices to advocate for more kidney research funding.
Early in 2015 NephCure nominated Richard to be on the Patient and Family Partnership Council of the Kidney Health Initiative. He served on the program committee for the Fourth Annual KHI Stakeholders Meeting.
Richard graduated from Dickinson College with degrees in Economics and Political Science and spent his career in sales and marketing management for companies including H.J. Heinz, Coats and Clark, AdSat and Time Warner Business Services. He and his wife Mary Lu have two adult children and reside in Newark, DE.