Daniel Kushnick

Chronic Kidney Disease, Transplantation

Mr. Kushnick started a thirty  plus year career in film and video production in 1979 having moved to Los Angeles upon graduating college.  His involvement included various roles in production for TV commercials and early music videos. In the mid 1980’s he returned to New York to work for Sony Music specializing in video marketing tools including commercials, music videos, and marketing videos.

Questioning the countries environmental crisis and limited energy resources Daniel made a career change in 2010.  He began working for Honeywell’s energy saving division, working as a manager, for a New York State energy program, to help low-income individuals save on their energy bills.

Daniel was diagnosed with Poly-cystic kidney disease in his late twenties. The disease progressed and in 2018 was diagnosed with stage five chronic kidney disease.  Preparing for dialysis he signed up with the Rogisin Institute’s program to train for home hemodialysis.  Six weeks into the training, after a social  media campaign to find a donor, someone stepped forward and in March of 2019 he had a successful transplant operation.

Since the operation, having retired due to the transplant and COVID, he has been seeking volunteer opportunities including becoming a mentor for the National Kidney Foundation’s Peer Mentoring Program and joining a local government environmental committee.

It is Mr. Kushnick’s desire to help other kidney disease patients deal with the issues of dialysis and those in need of a transplant to navigate the process.  Daniel is looking too expand his volunteer platform to a wider audience to increase awareness of the needs of those afflicted with kidney disease.