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AKF Reaching Out - Newsletter

April 2013

Message from the President and CEO

Dear Friend,

Reaching people with life-saving messages about kidney health and preventing kidney disease is central to the mission of the American Kidney Fund. That’s why each year we hold Kidney Action Days in local communities—we’re bringing messages about prevention to people who are at risk.

During Kidney Month in March we held Kidney Action Day on Capitol Hill, continuing our efforts to reach out to legislators to make them more aware of kidney disease and the impact of health policy on kidney patients.

In May, we’ll hold two Kidney Action Days: in Philadelphia on May 3, and in Chicago on May 11. On June 22, we’ll hold our metro Washington, D.C. Kidney Action Day. Our D.C. event includes the Kidney Action Day Walk to raise awareness of kidney disease and funds to support AKF’s programs and services. If you live in the greater Washington region, won’t you consider registering to walk with us? It’s easy to sign up online. Together, we can bring help and hope to so many people living with kidney disease and the millions more who are at risk.

We have several more Kidney Action Days planned for additional cities. Please check our website for details, and help us spread the word! 

To your health,

LaVarne A. Burton

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President and CEO


Understanding Organ Donation

Donate Life MonthApril is Donate Life Month—and with more than 95,000 people on the kidney transplant waiting list, the need to educate the public about organ donation has never been greater. Take a few minutes to learn more about kidney transplantation and consider registering to be an organ donor.  

 

Kidney Action Day Comes to Philadelphia May 3!

Philadelphia Kidney Action DayFriday, May 3, is Kidney Action Day in downtown Philadelphia! Join us at the Municipal Services Building Plaza across from City Hall for a day focused on kidney health. Co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Kidney Action Day will feature free kidney health screenings, interactive fitness demonstrations, kidney health education and more!

 

Chicago Celebrates Kidney Action Day May 11

Chicago Kidney Action DayMillennium Park is the location for Chicago’s Kidney Action Day on Saturday, May 11. The event, held at the park’s Chase Promenade North, is a day of family fun with a serious purpose: helping people understand their risk for kidney disease. If you’re near the Windy City, join us, and spread the word to family and friends as well.

 

Online Voting Selects Cover for 2014 AKF Calendar

Calendar Art Contest - Winning ArtworkThe votes are in! More than 6,700 people voted online to select the cover for the American Kidney Fund’s 2014 calendar from among the 13 talented winners of this year’s Calendar Kids Art Contest. The artwork that received the most votes was “La Mano de Dios Entregándome los Riñones (The Hand of God Giving Me Kidneys)” by Jonathan Rivera Gomez, age 15, of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Thanks to all who voted!

 

Advocates Visit Washington During Kidney Month

Kidney Action Day on the HillThe early March snowstorm threatened to derail plans for Kidney Action Day on Capitol Hill, but 10 of our Advocates managed to arrive before the airport closures. Advocates spent March 7 visiting with 25 elected representatives to discuss issues important to kidney patients, and participated in our 4th annual Kidney Action Day on the Hill. Watch a slideshow of the event. 

 

AKF Reaches a Facebook Milestone: 50,000 “Likes”

Like Us On FacebookThe American Kidney Fund’s Facebook community is now more than 50,000 strong and growing! “Like” AKF on Facebook today and join the conversation!


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