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                                                   It Only Takes 1 One ~ The Power Of One

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It Only Takes 1 One is motivating, educating and empowering dialysis patients, living donors and transplant recipients to be aware of facts and myths associated with  kidney health, kidney donation and the effects of kidney disease and nutrition.  Patients are empowered with information on kidney health, donor education and the impact of sowing seeds.  Words are very powerful but action speaks volume when faced with kidney disease also labeled a silent killer is irreversible.  Difficulties associated with kidney disease and the progressive loss of kidney function leads to dialysis or need for a transplant.  1 out of 9 or 26 million Americans have kidney Disease and do not know it. 

Our personal experiences, my gift of life and recent Kidney statistics inspired us to organize the non-profit, It Only Takes 1 One.  Our motto is "It's Not What We Say But What We Do!"  Sow a seed of compassion.  Become a volunteer or make a donation today! 

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Scripture~Proverbs 3:5-6 ~King James Version
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It Only Takes 1 One~Vice President~Rahmeka Cox

ANDREA COX ~PRESIDENT 

32 Years~ Retired Teacher

Kidney Transplant Recipient

Kidney Advocate


I attended Ashley Elementary, Washington Drive Jr. High and Terry Sanford High School in Fayetteville, NC.  After graduating from Terry Sanford I was employed at Purolator Inc.  The plant was too hot, pay was fair, and there wasn't any  opportunities for advancement.  I applied and got accepted to Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. Transition from the south to the north was exciting but challenging.  I missed my family, church, friends and southern food.  I had to grow up quickly and put into action all the things my mother prepared me for.  I knew God had a definite plan for me and I never gave up on my dream to achieve better.  I graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science in Education  and was certified in K-3 and Language Arts 4-9.


Fayetteville was my home and I was thrilled to return and work in the Cumberland County School System for 18 years as a 5th grade teacher and 14 years as a 2nd grade teacher.  I was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) in 2004 and had to start Hemodialysis for three years.  I persevered through having an aortic valve surgery, pneumonia, and noticeable changes as I struggled  with dialysis treatment three days a week  up to four hours per treatment.  I retired after 27 years of teaching.


As the mother to one daughter, Rahmeka, two sons, David and Terrence, my oldest son David was my kidney donor.  Through  God's grace and mercy my life was restored.  My surgery was successful and after recovering I came out of retirement and resumed teaching five more years, God blessed me to retire after a teaching career of 32 years.


My dialysis and transplant journeys have inspired me to become an advocate for dialysis, transplant and living donor recipients.  I have partnered  with my daughter, Rahmeka to motivate, advocate, empower, and support others.


I suffered a stroke and my car was totaled by another motorist last year.  I also had my fistula removed.

I am  fully committed to plant the seed of Hope, Optimism and Love as we strive to "Transplant Kidneys and Transform Lives. 

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RAHMEKA COX~MPH

Regional Research Coordinator ~DaVita

New York, NY

Co-Founder of -It Only Takes 1 One: Kidney Health~ Donor Education

Transplant Advocate

Former Miss New York~2018


Rahmeka is a native of Fayetteville, NC. She attended Honeycutt Elementary, John Griffin Middle and Seventy~First High School where she received her diploma.  Rhameka was accepted to East Carolina University in Greenville, NC majoring in Biology and Hispanic Studies.  She managed to find the time to prepare for Miss NC, work  part time and start her non-profit, It Only Takes 1One: Kidney Health ~Donor Education .


After taking a course about infectious disease at East Carolina University, and completing  a Spanish/Public Health internship with Dr. Essie Torres, Rahmeka wanted to obtain a Master's Degree. She became inspired to learn more about the epidemiology of Chronic Kidney Disease

(C K D). 


She relocated to New York  and continued her studies in the New York University's Global Public Health program with a concentration in Epidemiology. She also competed for the title of Miss New York 2018.  She was First Runner Up but accepted the role of Miss New York since the winner of Miss New York won Miss America 2018.  The Miss NY title gave Rahmeka more access, visibility, and opportunities to more effectively promote her platform, It Only Takes 1 One. More importantly, she learned the true meaning of perseverance during difficult times.


Rahmeka obtained a Master's Degree in Public Health at New York University with the focus of her thesis on the epidemiology of Chronic Kidney Disease (C K D).  She is on mission to spread awareness about Kidney disease because it is a chronic epidemic.