The virus has also left a shocking percentage of patients with severe kidney damage, requiring emergency dialysis treatment to stay alive, leading to shortages of machines, supplies and staff required for emergency dialysis.
And kidney disease patients – like you or someone you love – face a much higher risk of serious illness. They live in fear of this unprecedented threat to their health and safety.
1. NKF Cares, NKF’s free help line answered the call of nearly 10,000 people seeking support via phone and email since March.
2. NKF Advocates for kidney patients had nearly 200 virtual meetings with Members of Congress during the 7th Annual Kidney Patient Summit.
3. NKF’s nationwide Kidney Risk Campaign relaunched in September. To date, 52,000+ Americans have learned about their risk for kidney disease in 60 seconds or less.
4. Since the start of the pandemic, 1,257 patients accessed NKF tools to help find a living donor through The Big Ask: The Big Give online workshops.
5. 1,100 patients learned to better manage their kidney health through NKF’s educational webinars. Connected 2,088 people with other patients and families through NKF Online Communities.
6. NKF Spring Clinical Meetings went virtual this year. We educated 3,000 kidney health professionals on effective kidney healthcare.
7. Launched Your Kidneys and Youth, an online kidney health education program for kids and teens. Includes interactive video lessons, materials for teachers, and activity ideas for parents.
Let’s come together to protect a community in crisis.
The National Kidney Foundation is the largest, most effective, and long-standing organization fighting kidney disease - a growing public health problem affecting 37 million Americans and their families. With your help we can make a difference in the lives of the estimated 400,000 kidney patients right here in Minnesota.