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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.

Walk for Kidneys Raises More Than $225,000 for Fight Against Kidney Disease

On Saturday, June 25, 2016, more than 4,000 people gathered together in Lincoln Park for the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ 17th annual Walk for Kidneys. The two-mile walk raised more than $225,000 with donations still coming in. Funds raised will go toward kidney disease screening, prevention and educational programs, helping those at risk for or affected by kidney disease across the state of Illinois. Click here to keep reading.

Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Kickin’ The Stones

For most seven-year-old kids, a cherry popsicle diet seems pretty ideal. However, not for Jaimie Juarez. After experiencing excruciating back pain and face discoloring, Jaimie’s doctors diagnosed her with strep throat. But when her back pain didn’t subside, Jaimie’s mom knew there was something else wrong. She was right. Click here to keep reading.

Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Team Bean

Prior to attending his annual physical, Duane had no reason to believe he suffered from kidney disease. His grandmother had been diagnosed with kidney disease, but Duane experienced no symptoms. However, to his surprise, high levels of protein indicated Duane suffered renal failure and would need a kidney transplant immediately. Click here to keep reading.

Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Chicago Kidneys

When Kelly first experienced flu-like symptoms in high school, she assumed that she was just coming down with the common cold. Despite feeling more lethargic in retrospect, the notion that she might be suffering from kidney disease never crossed her mind. However, to her surprise, her tests in the emergency room revealed hypertension (high blood pressure), and that both of her kidneys were failing. Click here to keep reading.

Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Miles for Madison

Entering her senior year of high school, Madison Young lived like a normal seventeen-year-old girl. She was gearing up for the start of her volleyball season when her mom took her to the doctor for what seemed to be an ankle injury. The result? Madison’s blood pressure had skyrocketed, revealing that she was suffering from kidney disease and needed a kidney transplant immediately. Click here to keep reading.

Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Kamphuis Krew

Last year Kamphuis Krew raised just under $18,300 at Walk for Kidneys 2015. This year they hope to exceed that number.

Currently the Walk for Kidneys top fundraising team, having brought in $1,635 so far towards their $20,000 goal, the Kamphuis Krew team walks in honor of 25-year-old Ian Kamphuis. Ian was born with kidney disease, has survived three transplants and is currently waiting for a fourth, and has gone through years of dialysis. Despite all of this, his attitude remains remarkably positive. 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:

For National Kidney Month, Take Five for Your Kidneys and Get Involved

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.

NKFI Launching New Programs for Patient Education in 2016

2015 has been a successful year for the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, and we would like to thank you for being part of our community. We are proud to say that we reached more than 30,000 individuals in the state of Illinois this year with free health screenings, educational information, and empowerment initiatives!

However, we recognize there is still more to be done. With 1.1 million adults in Illinois living with kidney disease, our work is far from over. Click here to keep reading.

Thirtieth Annual Gift of Life Gala Commemorates Three Decades of Kidney Health Advancements

As we embark upon the 30th Annual Gift of Life Gala on Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Field Museum of Natural History, we look back over the last three decades and celebrate the incredible advancements made since 1985 in the fields of kidney disease and transplantation. Cheryl Scott, ABC 7 meteorologist and emcee for the evening, will help to commemorate the ultimate gift of life and the progress made by physicians, researchers, advocates, and our community as a whole. Click here to keep reading.

Act Fast! The Holidays are just around the corner.

Don’t forget to purchase your holiday cards this year from the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. With each purchase, 50% of your cost will go towards our many programs and services. There are 12 different designs from which to choose, and cards may be personalized. All orders must be received by Friday, December 11th. To order your cards, email or call (312) 321-1500. Download the order form.

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.

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.

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!