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The National Kidney Foundation's advocacy movement is for all people affected by CKD, transplant candidates and recipients, living and potential donors, donor families and caregivers. We empower, educate and encourage you to get involved on issues relating to CKD, donation and transplantation.

4 Lessons on Dealing with Teenage Kidney Disease

By Haley Newkirk, National Kidney Foundation Kidney Advocacy Committee Advocate I made it through my freshman year of high school before things went sideways. I grew up a healthy kid, with the usual slew of ear infections, strep throat, and … Continue reading

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Making America See Kidney Disease

By Andrew Fullerton, Government Relations Manager On Thursday, March 8th, towns, cities, and the airwaves across the country turned orange in celebration of World Kidney Day. During the weekend leading up to World Kidney Day, in Washington, DC, the National … Continue reading

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A Teenage Son’s Perspective on Kidney Disease

Previously Traci shared her perspective as a mother to a child with pediatric kidney disease. Her teenage son, Tanner, offers below how his life is both different from and similar to others his age because of his condition. This is my life. … Continue reading

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A Mom’s Perspective

By Traci Krist, NKF Kidney Advocacy Committee advocate Today, Traci shares her perspective as a mother to a son with pediatric kidney disease. In our next blog post, her son, Tanner, will share his perspective on living with pediatric kidney … Continue reading

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NKF Honors Members of Congress, Angelica Hale, at Congressional Reception

Last evening, at NKF’s 2018 World Kidney Day Congressional Reception, the National Kidney Foundation, kidney patients, and our Summit partners honored Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), Rep. George Holding (R-NC), Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), and Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) for their … Continue reading

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Making Capitol Hill the Kidney Capital!

Today, our nearly 100 advocates congregated on Capitol Hill.  During the course of the day, they met with approximately 150 legislators’ offices.  As citizen lobbyists, they strived to persuade their Senators and Representatives about the importance of chronic kidney disease … Continue reading

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Advocates Arrive in Washington for the 5th Annual Kidney Patient Summit

Today, nearly 100 patient advocates representing the National Kidney Foundation, Alport Syndrome Foundation, PKD Foundation, NephCure Kidney International, and American Association of Kidney Patients are arriving in Washington, D.C. to tell their stories and help show legislators the impact of … Continue reading

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2017 in Review: NKF’s Advocacy Accomplishments

By Troy Zimmerman, Vice President of Government Relations 2017 was a fantastic year for kidney patients as progress was made towards increasing awareness of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and introducing key legislative priorities.  The kidney patient community banded together to … Continue reading

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Making Inroads in Congress

By Dr. Michael Choi, MD and National Kidney Foundation President Recently, I had the privilege to represent the National Kidney Foundation in 11 meetings in the U.S. House of Representatives, eight of which were with the Member of Congress and … Continue reading

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Early Detection and Treatment Saved My Life

By Jim Myers, Transplant Recipient and Kidney Advocacy Committee advocate My name is James Myers and I’m a polycystic kidney disease (PKD) patient.  PKD is an inherited form of chronic kidney disease where liquid filled cysts form on one’s kidneys.  … Continue reading

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