Bear's Story Bear has Stage 5 chronic kidney disease (CKD). His journey began in January 2022 after his kidney function dropped to 7% just before his birthday. Bear shares his story: "My kidney journey has been really hard, my Mummy and Daddy along with the rest of my family say I’m a super brave warrior. CKD is really scary and it can be hard on me and my family when I have to have sleep overs at the hospital. I miss my brothers and my sister so much when I am there. However I have my very own army of people who support me and I am now supporting my new friends at their dialysis sessions. My journey has just begun but ‘Bear’s Army’ will always be a big part of my life, even after I get a gift of love (transplant). The NKF have been a huge help to my Mummy and Daddy in helping to understand all the changes in our lives in such a short time."