Piedmont Triad man raises awareness for kidney disease

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Ask Scott Burton when his kidneys were not an issue in his life and his answer is simple.

“There was never a time,” he says, matter-of-factly.

He had a genetic anomaly that had his urethral valves not develop properly. He was born pre-maturely – thank God, because if he hadn’t been, he likely would have died before he was born. His urine was backing up during his entire gestation and ruining his kidneys. The doctors told his parents not to expect too much out of their youngest son.

“There's lots of times they said, 'This is what's going to happen,' and I've gone a total different route,” says Burton.

He has lived 34 years with barely functioning but mostly with non-existent kidney function.

“Whenever anyone hears and they're like, 'I'm sorry,'” he says. “My response is, 'Don't be.' Because if I didn't have to deal with this, I wouldn't be where I am.”

"Where he is," is doing a whole lot to let the world know about what it’s like to be in that situation and, maybe more importantly, how dire it is for so many. That has certainly forged Burton’s view on life.

“I don't take any second for granted,” he says. “You know, the little things people walk by every day and I notice. And I don't waste a minute.”

See what he does with those minutes … in this edition of the Buckley Report.

For more information on Burton's foundation, click here.