World Kidney Day Bring Kidney Disease Home to All of America

Advocacy in Action

CKD - Robin Kelly 3.8.17 A World Kidney Day Congressional Record Entry

On March 9th, America celebrated World Kidney Day.  This awareness raising event resulted in a day of attention on kidney disease across major cities and in all 50 states.

Multiple state legislatures and city governments

Donate Life KS House Kansas Advocates on the State Capitol’s Floor

issued proclamations about the importance of chronic kidney disease education and CKD’s impact on the 26 million Americans who have it.   Some legislatures recognized NKF advocates for their extraordinary work.  Others brought kidney disease patients onto their floor to celebrate World Kidney Day.  In fact, several states – including Texas, Kansas, and South Carolina – hosted advocacy days in their state capitols to further emphasize the impact of CKD to their legislators and staff.

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Buildings, bridges, airports, ferris wheels, and natural landmarks turned orange, the national color recognizing kidney health, and hung

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banners in recognition…

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Becoming a kidney donor was not easy, but in the end, it was all worth it

Kidney Walk

Calve Milligan at the 2016 Kidney Walk

For Calve Milligan, a LogistiCare employee, watching his mother endure long hours in the dialysis chair was difficult.  “My mother suffered from diabetes most of her adult life. In 2010, her doctor notified her that her kidneys were failing. My brothers and I were incredibly saddened by the news, because kidney failure would mean she would have to receive dialysis treatment at least 3 days a week for 4 hours a day, which can be very a grueling process. Our worst fears had come to life when in August of 2012 my mother’s kidneys completely failed and she had to begin dialysis treatments.

Although I knew my mother would need a kidney donation to no longer need dialysis, I was not mentally prepared to consider myself. We continued to wait for a donor, as no matches came about. I knew my mother secretly…

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NKF kickoffs Kidney Innovation Summit hosted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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By Michael J. Choi, MD, FNKF – NKF President, Clinical Director of Nephrology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

The best way to predict the future is to create it. – Abraham Lincoln.

With more than 26 million adults in the United States impacted by kidney disease and over 675,000 people with irreversible kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease (ESRD), who require dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive, the need for innovation that improves diagnosis, management, and treatment is imperative.

Innovation in kidney disease requires the creation of new technologies, software

Kidney Innovation Summit Kidney Innovation Summit – Washington, DC February 9-10, 2017

platforms, care delivery and coordination processes as well as improved education for patients, caregivers, and health providers. Innovation should aim to solve the most challenging problems of today and the future to improve the lives of those impacted by the disease.

NKF is the historic pioneer of scientific research and…

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