Your support is helping us to focus our outreach efforts on communities that are at risk for kidney disease. In cities around the country, we provide free health screenings and education about how to prevent this devastating condition. This fall, in addition to many smaller community health screenings, we’ll hold three Kidney Action Days—our signature outreach event—in San Antonio, Atlanta and Houston, where we will screen hundreds of people for kidney disease and reach thousands more with life-saving health information. If you’re in those regions, I hope you’ll join us for these family-friendly, fun events. And if you’re in San Antonio or Houston, please register for our Kidney Action Day Walk, our walkathon that supports the programs and services of the American Kidney Fund.
Our busy fall event season also includes our 24th Annual Turquoise Golf Classic at the Country Club of the South in Alpharetta, Ga., in mid-October. And at the end of October, we’ll celebrate the people who inspire us in the fight against kidney disease at our national gala, The Hope Affair.
Kidney stones, a common problem of the urinary tract, are small, hard deposits that form inside your kidneys. They usually do not have symptoms until they start to pass, when they can cause extreme pain. Learn more about kidney stones, what causes them, how they are treated and what you can do to help prevent them.
On July 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a Proposed Rule that, if finalized, would result in a 12 percent cut in Medicare payments for dialysis services. Protecting access to Medicare for dialysis patients is one of the American Kidney Fund’s top policy priorities. We believe this cut would have devastating consequences on kidney patients’ access to quality care and services, and we have submitted comments to CMS with our concerns. We are grateful to the hundreds of people who have sent an Action Alert on this issue to their Members of Congress. If you haven’t already done so, you may send an Action Alert today by clicking here.
Our fall schedule of Kidney Action Days includes San Antonio (October 6), Atlanta (November 4) and Houston (November 17). Join us for these fun, family-friendly events with a serious purpose: helping people understand their risk for kidney disease and the steps they can take to help prevent it. If you have friends and family in those regions, please help us spread the word! Special thanks for generous support from our national sponsor American Renal Associates; our lead regional sponsor, U.S. Renal Care; supporting sponsors Valero and DaVita Lone Star Division; community sponsor Genentech; and, in Atlanta, our event partner, the American Society of Nephrology.
Each year, the American Kidney Fund celebrates the people who inspire us in the fight against kidney disease at our gala, The Hope Affair. This year’s event takes place Oct. 29 at Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. With emotional tributes to kidney patients and caregivers who are making a difference in their communities, The Hope Affair 2013 is certain to be a very special evening. We are grateful to all our sponsors, and extend special thanks to American Renal Associates, Amgen, Sanofi Renal and U.S. Renal Care.
The Renal Physicians Association (RPA) is a nonprofit national nephrology specialty medical association with more than 3,500 members, encompassing physicians, physician assistants, advanced nurse practitioners and practice managers. Recently, RPA and AKF worked together on a new educational course for healthcare professionals about Medicare education benefits.
Upcoming Kidney Health Screenings
September 20, 2013 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Congressional Black Caucus – Health Pavilion Walter E. Washington Convention Center 801 Mount Vernon Pl., N.W. | Washington, DC, 20001 Tests available: Fingerstick eGFR/creatinine – kidney function
September 28, 2013 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. District 8 Health Fair Southern Regional Tech/Rec Complex 7007 Bock Rd. | Fort Washington, MD 20744 Tests available: Blood draw – kidney function
September 27, 2013 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Health and Nutrition Fair (educational exhibit only) The Simpson Street Church of Christ 800 Joseph E. Boone Blvd. N.W. | Atlanta, Ga 30314
October 3, 2013 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. AARP Presents Life@50+ Atlanta Georgia World Congress Center 285 Andrew Young International Blvd, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30313 Tests available: Blood pressure, kidney health education
October 4, 2013 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. AARP Presents Life@50+ Atlanta Georgia World Congress Center 285 Andrew Young International Blvd, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30313 Tests available: Blood pressure, kidney health education
October 4, 2013 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tri-Regional Faith and Community Health Summit Saint Phillips AME Church 240 Chandler Rd., S.E. | Atlanta, GA 30317 Tests available: Blood pressure, instant kidney function
October 5, 2013 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. AARP Presents Life@50+ Atlanta Georgia World Congress Center 285 Andrew Young International Blvd, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30313 Tests available: Blood pressure, kidney health education
October 6, 2013 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Kidney Action Day | San Antonio AT&T Center 1 AT&T Center Pkwy. San Antonio, TX 78219 Tests available: Blood pressure, blood glucose, kidney function and other health screenings