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 28, with special guest Natalie Gulbis, LPGA Tour award winner.
On Sunday, June 22, 2014, over 3,000 people participated in the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ 15th annual Walk for Kidneys. The three-mile walk held at Soldier Field raised over $200,000 to 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 read more.
For having lived only 10 years of life, Amanda Nabi from Vernon Hills, Illinois truly understands empathy. On Sunday, June 22, Amanda and her team of supporters will attend their first National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ Walk for Kidneys to support people affected by kidney disease, particularly fellow young patients who are unable to leave their hospital rooms. To read more about Amanda's story and why she's walking on June 22, click here.
The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois will host the 15th annual Walk for Kidneys health fair and fundraiser on Sunday, June 22 at Soldier Field, with a special performance from Scott MacIntyre, American Idol finalist and kidney transplant recipient. At 19 years old, Scott dealt with the overwhelming reality of undiagnosed end-stage kidney failure. After 2 years of searching for answers, undergoing dialysis and watching his dreams fall farther and farther out of reach, the wife of a former piano teacher donated her kidney, saving Scott's life. Click here to read more.
As we wrap-up the spring season and move toward our exciting summer events, the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is excited to announce important milestones from our spring programs and fundraisers. From March through May we held several successful events to support our mission, as well as programs and screenings for those affected by and at risk for kidney disease. As we work toward a world free of kidney disease, our existing programs continue to grow year after year and we are able to embark on new initiatives thanks to our many supporters, donors and event participants.
The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is also excited to announce that the KidneyMobile® has screened more than 40,000 people throughout Illinois! This milestone is a huge accomplishment toward our goal of increasing awareness of kidney disease and promoting the importance of kidney health. To read more about this and other milestones we've hit so far in 2014, click here.
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.