Local Lincoln Park resident Tim Whiting has been attending the Gift of Life Gala for the past four years, and has created his own legacy through the gift of life – by making the altruistic decision to donate his kidney to a stranger in 2010.
Tim’s mother desperately needed a transplant, but he unfortunately was not a match. In working with the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, Tim found out that he could still help his mother through a paired exchange, organized at Northwestern University. “On August 23, 2010, we did a three-person swap, so it was three donors and three recipients,” Tim explains. “Seven days after the surgery, we all consented to meeting. It was probably the most moving experience of my life. It was really emotional, and it was awesome and powerful.” Click here to read more.
Living with Kidney Disease on September 27 in Peoria, IL offered attendees an opportunity to meet and learn from other patients and families, learn about local resources and receive critical information from experts in the field. Presentations and photos from the event are now posted online for download. Click here for more details.
Save the date for our next Living with Kidney Disease event in Chicago, IL on March 21, 2015. Click here to read more.
On August 21, the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois lost a true champion - Joan Shepard Lustig.
Joan was the Executive Director of the foundation from the late 1970s until 1995. When the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois was struggling financially early in her tenure, Joan formed the Woman’s Board and subsequently the Gift of Life Gala, which is now celebrating its 29th year this December. This annual event has raised nearly $6 million since its inception. Click here to read more.
From Sunday, July 13 - Friday, July 18, 16 kids ages 7-15 attended the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois' Kidney Camp, an overnight camp devoted to providing a fun and safe environment for youth living with kidney disease. Click here to read more.
1.12 million people in Illinois, or 1 in 9 American adults, are living with kidney disease - and most don’t know it. The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is working to change this statistic through one of their most successful fundraisers, the Middle Market Open Golf Tournament. This year, the Middle Market Open will be held on Monday, July 28, with special guest Natalie Gulbis, LPGA Tour award winner. Click here to read more.
On Sunday, June 22, 2014, over 3,500 people participated in the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ 15th annual Walk for Kidneys. The three-mile walk held at Soldier Field raised over $225,000 to go toward programs dedicated to kidney health education and helping those at risk for or affected by kidney disease across the state. Click here to read more.
For having lived only 10 years of life, Amanda Nabi from Vernon Hills, Illinois truly understands empathy. On Sunday, June 22, Amanda and her team of supporters will attend their first National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ Walk for Kidneys to support people affected by kidney disease, particularly fellow young patients who are unable to leave their hospital rooms. To read more about Amanda's story and why she's walking on June 22, click here.
The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois will host the 15th annual Walk for Kidneys health fair and fundraiser on Sunday, June 22 at Soldier Field, with a special performance from Scott MacIntyre, American Idol finalist and kidney transplant recipient. At 19 years old, Scott dealt with the overwhelming reality of undiagnosed end-stage kidney failure. After 2 years of searching for answers, undergoing dialysis and watching his dreams fall farther and farther out of reach, the wife of a former piano teacher donated her kidney, saving Scott's life. Click here to read more.
We've launched a new initiative to put a face to kidney disease. We're asking people living with kidney disease, caregivers, dialysis patients, recipients, donors and more to participate in our new Story Sharing Project. Help give others hope by sharing your story and advice.