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For questions about kidney disease and its treatments, email kidney@nkfi.org or call (800) 9-KIDNEY.


Hispanics/Latinos are 1.5 times more likely than non-Hispanics to suffer from kidney failure. If you or someone you know has kidney disease, get the facts about treatment options from this new bilingual website: www.informate.org.


Rob Johnson of CBS 2 Chicago to Attend Annual Golf Classic

Local Golfers Compete for Pebble Beach Invite While Fighting Kidney Disease on the Fairway

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois will hold its first NKF Golf Classic at Willow Crest Golf Club in Oak Brook, Illinois on Wednesday, September 9. The tournament, formerly known as the Kidney Care Classic, is now one in a series of more than 30 amateur golf tournaments across the country. Click here to keep reading.


YMCA Camp Duncan Hosts Annual Kidney Camp

Kidney Camp hosts youth living with kidney disease, on dialysis and those who have received organ transplants

For many kids, summer camp is a norm between school years. For some, however, camp can be a daunting summer activity hindered by health concerns, medical needs and financial restraints as a result of kidney disease or transplantation.  This past July, from Sunday, July 19 to Friday, July 24, local kids ages 8 to 17 attended the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ Kidney Camp, an overnight camp dedicated to providing lively camp activities and connecting youths affected by kidney disease or transplantation. Click here to keep reading.


Gift of Hope Named Recipient of 30th Annual Gift of Life Award

Gift of Life Gala Celebrates 30 Years of Making History

Kevin Cmunt, CEO of Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, recently named himself one of the ‘crazy ones’ who thinks the wait list for organ donations can end. This claim is backed by remarkable advancements in the past years of the organization’s research studies and community affairs projects. Click here to keep reading.


Holly Sonders to Attend Middle Market Open™ Golf Tournament

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 27, with special guests Holly Sonders, Fox Sports anchor and former Golf Channel correspondent, and Corey McPherrin, five-time Emmy winning Fox Chicago anchor. Click here to keep reading.


Rupal Mehta, MD, Recipient of 2-Year, $120,000 Young Investigator Research Grant

Topic: Mineral Metabolites and Risk of Retinal Abnormalities

Dr. Rupal Mehta, clinical instructor at Northwestern University, and member of the Center for Translational Metabolism and Health at the Feinberg School of Medicine, is the 2015-2017 biennial recipient of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois Young Investigator Research Grant. Her research aims to search for the link between kidney disease, phosphate levels and heart disease. Click here to keep reading.


Walk for Kidneys Raises More Than $240,000 Making Its 16th Year the Most Successful

Chicago, IL – On Sunday, June 21, 2015, more than 4,000 people participated in the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ 16th annual Walk for Kidneys. The three-mile walk held at Soldier Field raised more than $240,000 with funds still coming in and donations being accepted. The funds raised will 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 keep reading.


Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: RangerRick

Christina Nasello, team captain of RangerRick, wanted to get involved in a community that supports kidney health and awareness. Christina’s husband, Rick, passed away last year from kidney cancer. “I wanted to do something to honor him,” Christina states. Click here to keep reading.


Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Kidney4Clayton

Leslie Ruth, team captain of Kidney4Clayton, was looking for a walk in Chicago to support the fight against kidney disease when she found the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’s annual Walk for Kidneys. Why did Leslie create Kidney4Clayton? “The walk gives us a way to help others,” Leslie says. Click here to keep reading.


Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Team King Nolan

Before Nolan was born, his parents knew he would be born with kidney problems. Initially, Nolan’s parents were told by two specialists that he had multicystic kidney disease. The specialists estimated that he would only live for three days after birth. However, an ultrasound at Rush University Medical Center following the initial diagnosis revealed that Nolan did not have cysts on his kidneys, but would instead be born with deformed kidneys. Click here to keep reading.


Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Cosentino Family

Six years ago, John Cosentino made the selfless decision to donate his kidney. Why? “It’s one thing to give back time, talents or money, but I wanted to give back something more meaningful. I decided to become an altruistic kidney donor,” John stated.

John felt fortunate to be in good health throughout his life. His grandmother, who had diabetes, and his father, who passed away from kidney failure, also influenced his decision. Click here to keep reading.


Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Team BUKO

Motivated by receiving a kidney donation in 1999 and losing his wife to kidney cancer in 2001, John Bukowski participates in the Walk for Kidneys to raise awareness and funds toward kidney health.

Sixteen years ago at The Ohio State University Hospital, John Bukowski received a kidney donation from a deceased organ donor. Paula, the donor, was in perfect health before suffering a brain aneurysm. She donated several organs in addition to her kidneys, saving the lives of many different individuals. Click here to keep reading.


Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Evan’s Angels

In 2011, Megan Craig felt compelled to donate part of her liver. When the doctors couldn’t take her partial liver donation, they suggested Megan donate one of her kidneys. “I accidentally became a kidney donor. I forgot I had kidneys,” Megan recalls. Click here to keep reading.


Meteorologist Steve Baskerville, Secretary of State Jesse White, to Speak at Walk for Kidneys

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois will host the 16th annual Walk for Kidneys health fair, fundraiser and awareness event on Sunday, June 21 at Soldier Field. Steve Baskerville, meteorologist for WBBM CBS Channel 2 Chicago, will serve as emcee for the morning, and has attended and supported the walk for many years. Secretary of State Jesse White, head of the Illinois Organ/Tissue Donor Program, will also speak on his personal connection to kidney disease and the importance of organ donation. Click here to keep reading.


For National Kidney Month, Take Five for your Kidneys

March is National Kidney Month and the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is calling on all Illinois residents to take five healthy steps for their kidneys.

The kidneys are the body’s chemical factories, filtering waste and performing vital functions that control things like red blood cell production and blood pressure. However, over time, the kidneys can become damaged with little or no physical symptoms to warn you that they are in trouble. Click here to keep reading.


2015 Professional Advisory Board Membership Enrollment

The Professional Advisory Board (PAB) of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois (NKFI) was developed many years ago to assist and direct the foundation in the development of relevant and thought-provoking community, patient and professional education programs. We invite nephrologists, physicians, academics, and allied health professionals alike to join and be engaged in the Professional Advisory Board. Click here for more details.


Ten Years on the Road to Healthier Living

As the KidneyMobile approaches its tenth year by kicking off the 2015 screening season on World Kidney Day in Humboldt Park, a neighborhood of Chicago, we look back and reflect on its incredible impact and the people in whom it has inspired change over the years. Click here to keep reading.


Thank you for Continuing the Legacy

This year's Gift of Life Gala: A Legacy of Giving was a huge success, with more than $300,000 raised to support the critical programs and services offered by the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, for all those at risk for or affected by kidney disease in Illinois. Thank you for supporting this year's event, and for making our success possible.

Photos from the event are now available for download online: click here. We are also proud to share the below video, featuring the stories of Rosa, Dr. Puri, and Tim.


Share Your Story

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. 

Stories will be featured on our website, on our Facebook or Twitter pages and even in marketing materials.  Share your story now!