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AKF Reaching Out - Newsletter

August 2013

Message from the President and CEO

Dear Friend,

Each day, from all around the country, we hear from patients who have received financial assistance from the American Kidney Fund—patients like Jeffrey S., from Watsonville, Calif., who recently wrote to say: “I am very grateful for the generosity of your organization and of your donors. These funds have helped relieve some of the financial burden of my medical treatments and for this I am grateful.”

Jeffery is one of more than 80,000 dialysis patients who will turn to us this year for assistance.  Thanks to the steadfast support of friends like you, we are able to help them pay for their insurance premiums and treatment-related expenses not covered by insurance. And, with your support, we’re able to reach millions of people online with kidney health information.

When the people we help thank us, they are also thanking you. On behalf of everyone the American Kidney Fund will reach this year, thank you for your continued support.

To your health,

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LaVarne A. Burton
President and CEO


Download Our Kidney Health Tracker

Kidney Health TrackerDo you know your numbers? It’s easy to keep tabs on some of the key indicators of kidney health with the free Kidney Health Tracker from the American Kidney Fund. Bring it to your next doctor’s appointment and take charge of your kidney health!
 

 

Take Action: Help Protect Kidney Patients from Medicare Cuts

Take ActionThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a 12 percent cut in Medicare payments for dialysis services—a cut that could have devastating consequences to kidney patients’ access to quality care and services.  Send a message to your representatives in Congress urging them to communicate to CMS the importance of providing adequate reimbursement for dialysis care!

 

Walk to Fight Kidney Disease in Texas this Fall!

Walk to Fight Kidney Disease in TexasJoin Texans who care about kidney disease and register today for the upcoming Kidney Action Day Walks in San Antonio (October 6) and Houston (November 17). These popular events are part of Kidney Action Day, a free, fun-filled family event that offers health screenings, healthy food samples, fitness activities and local entertainment.

 

N.Y. Golf Classic Honors Long Island Leaders

NY Golf Honorees - Maria A. Grasso & Gregory M. LaSpinaThe Northeast Regional Office held its 8th Annual New York Golf Classic earlier this month, bringing together longtime supporters of the American Kidney Fund and local business leaders to raise funds to support AKF programs and services. Sponsored by Flushing Bank, the event honored Maria A. Grasso, EVP and COO of Flushing Bank, Gregory M. LaSpina of the law firm Borchert, Genovesi & LaSpina, P.C., and the late Assemblyman James Conte.

 

Partners in the Fight: Million Hearts

Million Hearts Million Hearts is an initiative from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that aims to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Million Hearts and AKF became partners in 2012 because of the clear links between high blood pressure, kidney disease and heart disease. Like AKF, Million Hearts educates people with high blood pressure and other heart disease risk factors about making healthy food choices, being active and other healthy behaviors that can help to reduce risk for kidney disease, heart attack and stroke.


Upcoming Kidney Health Screenings


August 24, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
2nd Annual Get Well With Walgreen’s Health Screening
9434 S Halsted St. | Chicago, IL 60620
Tests available: Fingerstick glucose and blood pressure

August 24, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Community Day Health Fair
First Baptist Church
3440 Minnesota Ave. SE | Washington, DC 20019
Tests available: Fingerstick glucose and blood pressure

August 24, 2013 (exhibit only)
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
ADA Victory Over Diabetes
Georgia International Convention Center
2000 Convention Center Concourse (South Lobby of the GICC), Atlanta, GA 30337
 
September 7, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
BPSOS Fourth Annual Community Health Fair
Cobb Galleria Centre
2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339
Tests available: Instant glucose, instant kidney function
 
September 14, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2013 Healthy Lifestyle Showcase
Cobb Galleria Centre
2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339
Tests available: Instant glucose, instant kidney function

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