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AKF Reaching Out - Newsletter

October 2012

Message from the President and CEO

Dear Friend,

It’s so gratifying to see the difference our outreach efforts make in people’s lives. That’s one of the reasons I especially enjoy attending our Kidney Action Days. These events bring together community groups, partners, sponsors, contributors and volunteers in a dynamic event that is all about increasing awareness of kidney disease and providing free health screenings and education to help people understand their risk for kidney disease.

Our Kidney Action Day in the Washington, D.C. metro area last month was a great success, and we thank everyone who took part, including those who participated in the Kidney Action Day Walk.  We also had a successful 7th Annual New York Golf Classic, a fundraiser hosted by our Northeast Regional Office. We are so grateful to our committed volunteers, golfers and contributors who made this year’s event our best ever.

This month, we are hosting three additional Kidney Action Days and Kidney Action Day Walks: San Antonio (October 6), Houston (October 14) and Atlanta (October 27). Also, on October 8, we’ll hold our 23rd Annual Turquoise Cup Golf Classic in Atlanta, and on October 17, our annual gala, The Hope Affair, in Washington, D.C., where we’ll honor our Hero of Hope, Caregiver of the Year, and the young artist whose drawing will appear on the cover of our 2013 calendar. 

To your health,

LaVarne A. Burton

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President and CEO


Spotlight on Health: Are You at Risk for Kidney Disease?

Are You at Risk of Kidney DiseaseThough kidney disease can affect anyone, some people have a higher risk of developing problems with their kidneys. Even for those at higher risk, most cases of kidney disease could be prevented. Learn all about the factors that may put you at risk for kidney disease, and start taking steps to help protect your kidneys! 

 

Hundreds Turn out for D.C. Region Kidney Action Day

KAD DC SildeshowHundreds of Washington, D.C.-area residents took action for their health at Kidney Action Day on September 8 in Landover, MD. Rep. Donna Edwards of Maryland’s Fourth District was on hand to commend the American Kidney Fund’s efforts to fight kidney disease and encourage all those in attendance to lead a healthy lifestyle. The Kidney Action Day Walk, held during the event, helped raise funds to support the programs and services of the American Kidney Fund.

 

The Hope Affair: All Things Are Possible

The Hope Affiar 2012The American Kidney Fund will hold its annual gala, The Hope Affair, on October 17 in Washington, D.C. The theme for this year’s event—“All Things are Possible”—is taken from the title of a young kidney transplant patient’s artwork that will appear on the cover of our 2013 calendar. The Hope Affair brings together the renal community for an evening of inspiration and hope.

 

October is the Month to Take Action for Kidney Health!

KAD LocationsAKF will hold three Kidney Action Days—and Kidney Action Day Walks—in October: San Antonio (October 6), Houston (October 14) and Atlanta (October 27). Register to walk, get a free kidney health screening, and enjoy a fun day that’s focused on you and your health. If you have family and friends in those cities, please help us spread the word!

 

Turquoise Cup Golf Classic—23 Years Strong in Atlanta

Turquoise Cup Golf ClassicOn Monday, October 8, the Atlanta community will come together for the 23rd time to support the programs and services of the American Kidney Fund at the 23rd Annual Turquoise Cup Golf Classic. Over the years, the Turquoise Cup has become a popular and well-recognized event, raising funds to help those with, and at risk for, kidney disease. 

 


Upcoming Kidney Health Screenings

OCTOBER

October 6, 2012
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Kidney Action Day
AT&T Center
AT&T Center Pkwy. | San Antonio, TX 78219
Contact: Janis Contreras | 301.984.5053
Download Flyer: Kidney Action Day San Antonio 2012 
 
October 12, 2012
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Annual Senior Citizen Health Fair
St. Genevieve Church
2451 N. Lamon Ave. | Chicago, IL 60639
Tests available: Blood pressure, BMI/waist circumference
Contact: Gatanya Arnic | 312.750.1638
Download Flyer: C_10-12-12.pdf

October 14, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Kidney Action Day
Discovery Green
1500 McKinney St. | Houston, TX 77010
Contact: Janis Contreras | 301.984.5053
Download Flyer: Kidney Action Day Houston 2012

October 20, 2012
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
St. Ailbe Community Fair
9015 S Harper Ave. | Chicago, IL 60619
Tests available: blood pressure and BMI/waist circumference
Contact: Gatanya Arnic | 312.750.1638
Download Flyer: C_10-20-12.pdf

October 27, 2012
9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
CHA Operation Warmth | UIC Forum
725 W Roosevelt Rd. | Chicago, IL 60607
Tests available: Blood pressure, BMI/waist circumference, and full blood draw
Contact: Gatanya Arnic | 312.750.1638

October 27, 2012
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Atlanta Kidney Action Day
Grady High School
929 Charles Allen Dr. NE | Atlanta, GA 30308
Tests available: blood pressure, instant glucose, instant kidney function
Contact: Noni Walker | 404.658.1422
Download Flyer: Atlanta_KidneyActionDay2012

October 28, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cincinnati Women’s Expo
Sharronville Convention Center
11355 Chester Rd. | Cincinnati, OH 45246
Tests available: Blood pressure
Contact: Gatanya Arnic | 312.750.1638
Download Flyer: c_10-28-12.pdf 
 
October 29, 2012
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cincinnati Women’s Expo
Sharronville Convention Center
11355 Chester Rd. | Cincinnati, OH 45246
Tests available: Blood pressure
Contact: Gatanya Arnic | 312.750.1638
Download Flyer: c_10-28-12.pdf

NOVEMBER

November 18, 2012
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Telemundo’s Feria de la Familia
DC Armory
2001 E. Capitol St. SE | Washington, DC 20003
Tests available: Blood pressure, finger stick eGFR (instant kidney function)
Contact: Janis Contreras | 301.984.5053
Download Flyer: DC-11-18-12


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