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Walk for Kidneys Raises More Than $230,000 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 $230,000 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 continue 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 continue 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.

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 read more.

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 keeping 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 read more.

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.

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.

Now Accepting Young Investigator Research Grant Applications

We are pleased to announce that the 2015 National Kidney Foundation of Illinois Young Investigator Research Grant application is now available. The NKFI Research Grant program funds young investigators who have research projects that will increase the understanding of kidney, urologic and related diseases and transplantation as well as improve the clinical management and treatment or cure of these diseases. Grant submissions are reviewed and selected by the NKFI Research Review Committee on a bi-annual basis.

The current deadline for submission is April 1, 2015 by 5:00 pm. Funding begins July 1, 2015. Click here for more details.

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.

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.

Host a KidneyMobile Screening in 2015

In November 2005, the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois launched the nation's first KidneyMobile, a custom mobile unit offering free prevention education and health screenings for high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney disease to those Illinois communities with the greatest need.

We are now accepting requests for screenings in 2015 and we encourage all hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers, health clinics & departments, community-based health and/or social service agencies in these communities to consider hosting a screening. Click here for more details.

In Memoriam: Remembering Joan Shepard Lustig

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.

National Kidney Foundation of Illinois Celebrates 10th Annual Kidney Camp at YMCA Camp Duncan

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.

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!