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Season of Strength: Help children and families stay strong during the holidays

Kidney disease does not just affect patients but their entire family, friends and those who care for them. Over the past few weeks, through our Season of Strength campaign, we’ve shared with you some special stories of strength—stories of children and families living with kidney disease. We've dedicated this special edition of our monthly enewsletter to continue sharing these stories, to highlight the effects of kidney disease on children and to share tips for caregivers and loved ones.

LEARN HOW YOU CAN HELP FAMILIES STAY STRONG >>

Causes of kidney disease in children

Causes of kidney diseases in children

Kidney disease in children, also called pediatric kidney disease, often has causes that are different from those that usually account for kidney disease in adults.

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Caroline's Story

"The holidays weren't the same with kidney disease."

When Caroline was just 10 years old, she was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney disease, and for years, her illness turned her whole family’s life around. Thanks to a kidney transplant, she can go back to enjoying the simple joys of the holiday season—sleepovers during school break and traveling to see family.

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Tips for caregivers

Tips for caregivers

When a loved one has kidney disease, you might not know how to help. You might feel frustrated that you can’t make your loved one better. Or you might feel stressed about fulfilling your other day-to-day obligations while caring for your loved one. You’re not alone. We are here to help you and your loved one feel empowered to manage kidney disease.

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Kidney transplants in children

Kidney transplant in children

It is estimated that each year, 1 in 65,000 children in the United States has kidney failure. Kidney transplant is considered the best treatment option for children who have kidney failure. Learn about pediatric kidney transplant and the special considerations for children having transplants.

LEARN MORE ABOUT KIDNEY TRANSPLANT >>

Melissia and Isaiah's story

Giving families strength: Melissia and Isaiah

Melissia tries to protect her 6-year-old son Isaiah from the toll that her kidney disease takes on her. But sometimes she’s just too tired to push through. On one of those days, Isaiah told her, “When I get to be a big man, I want to become a doctor so I can make you well.” Your generosity allows AKF to be there for people like Melissia and Isaiah in their time of need. From financial assistance with medical costs and travel, to support through education and research, we are strong for them because of you.

READ MORE ABOUT MELISSIA AND ISAIAH >>

Pediatric support groups

Pediatric support groups and resources

Being the parent of a child with kidney disease can take a toll on your health and emotional well-being. Connecting with others about your experience and sharing resources can help relieve some of the stress you may feel. We've compiled a list of organizations in addition to AKF that may be able to provide support to both you and your child with kidney disease.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE RESOURCES >>

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