So it was my Dad’s 65th birthday this past weekend, and the kids & grandkids all flew in to Indianapolis to help him celebrate. As my father is also a nephrologist, I wanted there to be a kidney theme to the festivities. As luck would have it, the Indiana branch of the National Kidney Foundation possesses a sweet, human-sized kidney mascot costume named “Billy the Kidney” (a play on the Western hero “Billy the Kid”) which the folks at NKF were nice enough to lend. I donned the suit right during the traditional singing of Happy Birthday, and was quite popular for both the nephrologists and non-nephrologists in attendance. Billy the Kidney: rasing CKD awareness one birthday at a time. Happy Birthday, Dad.