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2017 National Kidney Foundation of Illinois Programs and Events

Join others in support of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois annual programs and events!  Please click here for the complete sponsorship package or contact Lena Clement at or (312) 312-1500 for further information. 

Make Your Car a Kidney Car Today!

Donate your used vehicle and we will put it to good use!  Proceeds from its sale will benefit the programs and initiatives of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.

Team Kidney

Team Kidney is a group of dedicated supporters and fundraisers who participate in endurance events throughout the country to raise money and increase awareness of kidney disease.  Runners receive entry into races, can earn fundraising prizes, and have the opportunity to network with other supporters.  The NKFI is an official charity partner of both Chicago Half Marathons (May 21, 2017 and September 24, 2017), Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K (April 2, 2017), the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon (April 20-22, 2017), and the Bank of America Chicago Marathon (October 8, 2017).  Join Team Kidney to raise lifesaving funds for the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois!  For more information, please contact Olivia Moore via email to or call 312-321-1500.

2016 Gift of Life Gala Raises more than $370,000

Thanks to the incredible generosity of the 31st Annual Gift of Life Gala sponsors and attendees, this year’s event was a resounding success, raising an outstanding $370,000 (and counting!) to support the critical programs and services offered by the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.

Photos from the event are now available here to download or view online.

Altruistic Living Kidney Donor Running in Chicago Half Marathon

For Team Kidney member Dave Carpenter, running is no longer a hobby, it’s a responsibility. As a living kidney donor, Dave now runs with a purpose: to show others that you can give the ultimate gift, the gift of life, and still lead an active and healthy life. This is the message he hopes to promote by running the Chicago Half Marathon on Sunday, September 25th with Team Kidney in support of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. Click here to keep reading.

2016 Annual Report: Prevention, education and empowerment

These three words are the pillars of the mission of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. Prevention, because we know that when we identify risk factors of kidney disease, like diabetes and high blood pressure, we can stop or slow the progression of kidney disease. Education, because good nutrition, regular exercise, connection to care and medical compliance are key in managing kidney disease and its comorbidities. Empowerment, because we want individuals throughout Illinois to be equipped with the tools they need to take control of their own health. Click here to download the 2016 Annual Report.

Golfers at Middle Market Open™ and NextGen Golf Tournaments Play Three Courses

This year, raising more than $600,000, the Middle Market Open was held in Lake Forest, Illinois, on Monday, July 25th at Conway Farms Golf Club and Onwentsia Club. Professional golfer Gary McCord, also a television commentator, author and actor, attended the event for the ‘Beat the Pro’ contest hole and evening reception. The second annual NextGen Tournament, geared toward the next generation of middle market dealmakers and typically held in conjunction with the Middle Market Open, was rescheduled due to weather for Monday, August 22nd at Briarwood Country Club in Deerfield, Illinois. Click here to keep reading.

Bilingual Site Boosts Awareness of Kidney Donations for Hispanics/ Latinos

Research update: A new bilingual website sensitive to Hispanic/Latino cultural needs increased those individuals’ knowledge about living kidney donation and transplantation beyond education provided by transplant hospitals, reports a new study from Northwestern Medicine and the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. Click here to keep reading.

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:

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 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.

Share Your Story

We're asking people living with kidney disease, caregivers, dialysis patients, recipients, donors and more to participate in our Story Sharing Project.  Help give others hope by sharing your story and advice. 

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