June 2011

Message from the President and CEO

Dear Friend,

If you’ve seen our mission statement, you know the American Kidney Fund fights kidney disease through direct financial support to patients in need; health education; and prevention efforts. This month, I’d like to tell you a little about our education and prevention efforts.

An estimated 31 million people in the United States have chronic kidney disease, and most of them won’t find out they have it until it advances to later stages. That is why we are so committed to raising awareness and reaching people, especially those who are at high risk. Thanks to the support of friends like you, we are able to provide free health screenings to thousands of people in cities nationwide, and health education materials to millions more.

On June 11, hundreds of people joined us for AKF’s Kidney Action Day and Steps that Count walkathon at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. We’re grateful to all of the volunteers and walkers who made it such a successful day of kidney disease awareness, and we’re busy planning our Kidney Action Day and Steps that Count events taking place later this year in Atlanta, Houston, and San Antonio.

There are many ways to make a difference and spread awareness of kidney disease. To the more than 3,600 of you who took the time to offer your support of young artists with kidney disease by voting for the 2012 AKF calendar cover image: Thank you. We are grateful to all the young artists who entered the contest, and we continue to be inspired by their optimism and creativity.

As we continue to create new avenues of outreach and service in our community, we’re also planning to take a look back and celebrate AKF’s 40th anniversary at our annual gala, The Hope Affair, this October. With your help, we will continue to fulfill our mission for many years to come.

To your health,

LaVarne A. Burton
President and CEO

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Spotlight on Health: Get Tested, Protect Your Kidneys

eGFR testIf you have diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney disease, ask your doctor about having your kidneys checked. Kidney disease usually has no signs or symptoms, so being tested is the only way to know how well your kidneys are working. Specifically, ask your doctor about a blood test to check your eGFR (estimated glomerular filtration rate). Your eGFR is a number that tells how well your kidneys filter your blood. An eGFR less than 60 for 3 months or more is a sign of kidney disease. Also ask your doctor about a simple urine test to check for protein. Protein in your urine can be an early sign of kidney disease.

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'Calendar Kids' Cover Winner Announced

2012 AKF Calendar Cover Art Contest Winner - DanielleCongratulations to 13-year-old Danielle L. of Hendersonville, Tenn., whose artwork was selected through online voting to grace the cover of AKF’s 2012 wall calendar. For each of the past 16 years, our calendar has featured the work of 13 young artists with kidney disease. The 2012 calendar will be available for purchase at the AKF online store in October. The 13 artists whose work appears in the 2012 calendar each will receive a netbook computer and a $1,000 education savings bond. As the winning cover artist, Danielle will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to be recognized at our national gala, The Hope Affair, on Oct. 25. The Calendar Kids art contest is sponsored by Amgen.

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Kidney Action Day and Steps that Count Hits a Home Run at Nationals Park

DC Steps that Count 2011On Saturday, June 11, AKF held its Kidney Action Day and Steps that Count walkathon at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals baseball team. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) spoke about raising awareness of kidney disease in the District of Columbia, which has one of the highest rates of kidney disease in the nation. A total of 265 registered walkers, including 34 teams, raised more than $33,000 for AKF programs and services, and nearly 200 people received free kidney disease screenings; many were given medical referrals for conditions detected in the screenings. Watch a slideshow of the day’s events on our website, and please encourage friends and family near San Antonio, Houston or Atlanta to participate in our fall 2011 Kidney Action Days featuring Steps that Count walks.

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Hit the Links to Support AKF

2011 New York Golf ClassicThe 6th Annual New York Golf Classic will take place on Monday, August 1, at the Hamlet Golf and Country Club in Commack, N.Y. This year’s event will honor Patrick J. MacKrell, President and CEO of New York Business Development Corporation, as Business Leader of the Year, and Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano as Humanitarian of the Year. The event, which also includes brunch, cocktails, a live auction and raffle, will be chaired by AKF Trustee Frank D. Pelliccione, Vice President of Business Development at Flushing Savings Bank. For further information, please email Doug Davidson or call 516-336-8530.

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Ethical Issues Course Accredited for Dietitians

Weighing the Outcomes We are pleased to announce that our online course “Weighing the Outcomes: Ethical Issues in Kidney Disease” was recently accredited by the Commission on Dietetic Registration for 3.0 CPEUs. The course is also accredited for social workers, nurses and patient care technicians. “Weighing the Outcomes,” offered free of charge*, may be completed online.

*Nurses and technicians are required to pay a $15 administrative fee for ANNA credits.

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The Hope Affair: Celebrating 40 Years of Caring

The Hope Affair 2011The American Kidney Fund’s annual national gala, The Hope Affair, will take place on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, at Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Please plan to join us as we celebrate the American Kidney Fund’s 40th anniversary and look optimistically toward the future of renal care and kidney disease awareness.

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