PSA: Former Boxing Champ Laila Ali Is Fighting Kidney Disease

October 5, 2015

Former boxing champ, Laila Ali may have stepped out of the boxing ring, but she's still fighting battles. While she currently co-hosts “Everyday Health” on ABC, the champion athlete has also partnered with the American Kidney Fund to promote the “Pair Up” campaign, which increases kidney disease awareness.

The national campaign has been created to help people find out whether or not they are at risk and encourage many to spread the word about the deadly illness.

“I partnered with the American Kidney Fund to launch the Pair Up campaign,” she told Essence. “It’s a new campaign to make people aware of kidney disease in our communities. So many people in my family were affected by this, and I didn’t know that 31 million people have been affected by kidney disease… It affects the African-American community, and I’ve also had family members who have suffered from it. And it definitely wasn’t on my radar, but it’s preventable. We often think that we can’t do anything about it, but these things are often very preventable.”