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.
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.
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.
The Interdisciplinary Nephrology Conference on October 24 in Oak Brook, IL offered nurses and technicians, dietitians and social workers an opportunity to meet and learn from other professionals in the field. Presentations and photos from the event are now posted online for download. Click here for more details.
Tuesday night, the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois Board of Directors hosted a private banquet to honor and recognize those walk teams and their incredible efforts. This year's Community Leadership Awards were given to teams who went above and beyond with both their awareness and fundraising activities. Combined, these five teams accounted for more than 25% of the dollars raised at Walk for Kidneys. Click here to read more.
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.
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.