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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: www.informate.org.
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 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (312) 321-1500. Download the order form.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.