Author Archives: nkf _advocacy

About nkf _advocacy

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.

A Win for Living Organ Donors in Colorado!

By Shannon Clark, Executive Director in NKF Serving Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, and Wyoming   Coloradans this weekend had more to celebrate than their amazing mothers (I do hope you all remembered flowers for them)!  On May 7th, in one … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Changing the Law to Help Kidney Donors

By Donna Yule, Living Kidney Donor and Kidney Patient Advocate Marty Durand and I have been friends for well over a decade, so it seemed like a perfectly natural choice to donate a kidney to her when she needed it … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Marching Forward with Kidney Disease Advocacy

By Troy Zimmerman, Vice President of Government Relations With the end of March, National Kidney Month, I am writing this blog to celebrate the astonishing accomplishments of kidney patient advocates across the country.  It truly was an incredible month for … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The Doctor-Patient Relationship: How it Impacts Care

Bradley A. Warady, MD, Director, Division of Pediatric Nephrology, Children’s Mercy Kansas City When I started practicing medicine more than three decades ago, it wasn’t uncommon for a doctor to tell his patient – this is what you need to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Saving a Child’s Life

By Alex Fox, NKF Kidney Advocacy Committee Advocate I am a living kidney donor. On May 31, 2016, I was blessed with the opportunity to give one of my kidneys to the sweetest, special needs 15-year-old I have ever met. How did … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Putting Patients at the Center of Kidney Disease Research

by Kelli Collins, MSW, Vice President of Patient Engagement, National Kidney Foundation One in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease. The problem already affects 30 million American adults, 90 percent of whom don’t know they have it. The … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Funding for Kidney Health in the Omnibus Bill

We are very excited to announce that funding levels for kidney disease priorities supported by the National Kidney Foundation were increased or maintained in relation to Fiscal Year 2017, despite proposed cuts by the Administration. On March 21, House and Senate leadership finalized a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment