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AKF Reaching Out - Newsletter

July 2013

Message from the President and CEO

Dear Friend,

For many of us, summer is a wonderful time of family vacations and family reunions. If you are spending time with your family this summer, remember that families share more than obvious genetic traits like eye color and height; they also share risk factors for kidney disease. Family gatherings provide a great opportunity to have a conversation about your family health history. By talking about kidney disease and its risk factors with your family, you may be able to help the people you care about most prevent this very serious disease.

Many families attended our Kidney Action Day events in Washington, D.C., and Augusta, Ga., in June. Our Kidney Action Days are family-friendly events, and it’s our hope that even young children begin to get the message that many cases of kidney disease can be prevented. We are able to provide this important community outreach thanks in large part to the financial support of individuals like you who care about our mission. This fall, we’ll host Kidney Action Days in San Antonio, Houston and Atlanta. If you’re in those regions, I hope you’ll consider joining us. Together, we can make a difference!

To your health,

AKF CEO signature
LaVarne A. Burton
President and CEO

Family Health History and Kidney Disease

Do You Know Your Family Health History?Dad’s eyes, Mom’s hair and Uncle John’s musical talent may not be all you inherited from your family. Did you know your family health history is an important indication of your risk for kidney disease? Learn more and find helpful resources to help you have this important conversation with your loved ones.



Nominate a Caregiver of the Year

Nominate a Caregiver of the YearThe American Kidney Fund salutes those who care for dialysis and transplant patients, and we are now accepting nominations for the 2013 Caregiver of the Year. Do you know a special caregiver who goes above and beyond? Nominate him or her for our 2013 Caregiver of the Year award, which we’ll present at our gala, The Hope Affair, on Oct. 29 in Washington, D.C.



We Need Your Feedback! Help Us Improve Our Website

AKF Site SurveyHave you taken our website survey yet? We are asking friends of the American Kidney Fund to help us improve our website by taking a brief, anonymous survey. Please take a few moments to tell us what you like and what you think we can improve, so that our website can continue being a valuable source of information in the fight against kidney disease.



Partners in the Fight: American Nephrology Nurses’ Association

ANNAThe American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA), the professional organization for registered nurses who specialize in the care of patients experiencing the real or threatened impact of renal dysfunction, has been a partner of AKF for several years. AKF and ANNA work together on professional education initiatives to educate nephrology nurses and other renal professionals—most recently a course on Medicare education benefits—and efforts to raise awareness of the risks of kidney disease.



Elected Officials Turn Out for D.C. Kidney Action Day

Congresswoman Donna EdwardsCongresswoman Donna Edwards joined state and county officials at the American Kidney Fund’s metro Washington, D.C., Kidney Action Day on June 22 to encourage attendees to get a free kidney health screening and make lifestyle changes to help prevent kidney disease. Hundreds also participated in the first Kidney Action Day Walk of 2013.



Augusta, Ga., Proclaims June 29 to be Kidney Action Day

Augusta, Ga., Proclaims June 29 to be Kidney Action DayThe City of Augusta, Ga., proclaimed June 29 to be Kidney Action Day as AKF brought the fight against kidney disease to the state’s capital. Hundreds of people attended, receiving free health screenings and learning about the links between diabetes and high blood pressure and kidney disease. Interactive fitness and healthy food demos rounded out the successful event.



N.Y. Spring Event Honors Hospital Leaders

New York Spring EventThe signature fundraiser in AKF’s Northeast Region, the 7th Annual New York Spring Event, took place June 5. The event honored Nephrologist of the Year Dr. Steven N. Fishbane and Humanitarian of the Year John J. Raggio, both affiliated with the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.


Upcoming Kidney Health Screenings

August 10, 2013
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Mokena Farmers Market
Health Fair
11120 Front St. | Mokena, IL 60448
Tests available: Fingerstick glucose and blood pressure

August 17, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
12th Ward Immunization Day Health Screening
2210 W. Pershing Rd. | Chicago, IL 60609
Tests available: Fingerstick glucose and blood pressure

August 17, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Congressman David Scott - 8th Annual 13th Congressional District Health Fair
Mundy’s Mill High School
9652 Fayetteville Rd., Jonesboro, GA 30238
Tests available: Instant kidney function

August 17, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Shiloh Wellness Festival
1500 9th St. NW | Washington, DC 20001
Tests available: Fingerstick glucose and blood pressure

American Kidney Fund
11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852
Toll free: 800.638.8299
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