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News from the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois:

Altruistic Living Kidney Donor Running in Chicago Half Marathon

September 19, 2016 CHICAGO, IL Team Kidney Raising Awareness of Kidney Disease – Taking the Fight to the Finish Line For Team Kidney member Dave Carpenter, running is no longer a hobby, it’s a responsibility. As...
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2016 Annual Report: Prevention, education and empowerment

August 31, 2016 CHICAGO, IL 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,...
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Golfers at Middle Market Open™ and NextGen Golf Tournaments Play Three Courses

August 24, 2016 LAKE FOREST, IL More than $600,000 Raised by Chicago Middle Market Dealmakers for the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois 1.12 million people in Illinois, or 1 in 9 American adults, are living with kidney disease - and most don...
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Walk for Kidneys Raises More Than $225,000 for Fight Against Kidney Disease

June 30, 2016 CHICAGO, IL 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...
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Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Kickin’ The Stones

June 24, 2016 CHICAGO, IL Kickin' The Stones: In Honor of Jaimie Juarez   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,...
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Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Team Bean

June 16, 2016 CHICAGO, IL Chicago Kidneys: In Honor of Duane Clayton  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,...
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Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Chicago Kidneys

June 11, 2016 CHICAGO, IL Chicago Kidneys: In Honor of Kelly Sappington 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...
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Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Miles for Madison

May 31, 2016 CHICAGO, IL Miles for Madison: In Honor of Madison Young  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...
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Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Kamphuis Krew

May 5, 2016 CHICAGO, IL Kamphuis Krew: In Honor of Ian Kamphuis 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...
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For National Kidney Month, Take Five for Your Kidneys and Get Involved

March 1, 2016 CHICAGO, IL 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...
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NKFI Launching New Programs for Patient Education

December 15, 2015 CHICAGO, IL 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...
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Thirtieth Annual Gift of Life Gala Commemorates Three Decades of Kidney Health Advancements

October 15, 2015 CHICAGO, IL Picture this: it’s 1985. A gallon of gas is $1.09. Microsoft releases the first version of Windows. Mike Ditka leads the Chicago Bears to a record-breaking football season that concludes with a win...
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Bilingual Site Boosts Awareness of Kidney Donations For Hispanics/Latinos

October 7, 2015 CHICAGO, IL New Site Aims to Increase Knowledge and Dispel Misconceptions about Living Kidney Donation A new bilingual website sensitive to Hispanic/Latino cultural needs increased those individuals’ knowledge about living kidney donation and...
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Rob Johnson of CBS 2 Chicago to Attend Annual Golf Classic

August 21, 2015 OAK BROOK, IL 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...
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YMCA Camp Duncan Hosts Annual Kidney Camp

August 7, 2015 INGLESIDE, IL 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...
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Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network Named Recipient of 30th Annual Gift of Life Award

July 30, 2015 CHICAGO, IL Gift of Life Gala Celebrates 30 Years of Making History Kevin Cmunt, President/CEO of Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, recently named himself one of the ‘crazy ones’ who...
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Holly Sonders to Attend Middle Market Open™ Golf Tournament

July 8, 2015 OLYMPIA FIELDS, IL Eleventh Annual Golf Tournament Introduces NextGen Tournament to Take Place Simultaneously with the MMO 1.12 million people in Illinois, or 1 in 9 American adults, are living with kidney disease—and most don...
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Rupal Mehta, MD, Recipient of 2-Year, $120,000 Young Investigator Research Grant

July 1, 2015 CHICAGO, IL 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...
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Walk for Kidneys Raises More Than $240,000 Making Its 16th Year the Most Successful

June 24, 2015 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. Making it the highest grossing Walk to date, the three-mile walk held at...
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Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: RangerRick

June 19, 2015 CHICAGO, IL RangerRick: In Honor of Rick Nasello 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...
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Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Team King Nolan

June 16, 2015 CHICAGO, IL Team King Nolan: In Honor of Nolan King   Before Nolan was born, his parents knew he would be born with kidney problems. Initially, Nolan’s parents were told by two specialists...
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Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Kidney4Clayton

June 17, 2015 CHICAGO, IL Kidney4Clayton: In Honor of Clayton Ruth 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...
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Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Cosentino Family

June 15, 2015 CHICAGO, IL Cosentino Family: In Honor of John Cosentino Six years ago, John Cosentino made the selfless decision to donate his kidney. Why? “It’s one thing to give back time,...
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Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Team BUKO

June 11, 2015 CHICAGO, IL Team BUKO: In Honor of John Bukowski                                                  ...
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Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Evan’s Angels

June 10, 2015 CHICAGO, IL Evan’s Angels: In Honor of Evan Simms and Megan Craig In 2011, Megan Craig felt compelled to donate part of her liver. When the doctors couldn’t take her partial liver...
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Meteorologist Steve Baskerville, Secretary of State Jesse White, to Speak at Walk for Kidneys

June 5, 2015 CHICAGO, IL National Kidney Foundation of Illinois Hosts 16th Annual Fundraising Walk for Kidney Disease The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois will host the 16th annual Walk for Kidneys health fair, fundraiser and awareness event...
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Drink Up on World Kidney Day

March 12, 2015 CHICAGO, IL Today is World Kidney Day and the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is asking Illinois residents to drink a glass of water to celebrate their kidneys. Consuming plenty of fluid helps the kidneys...
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For National Kidney Month, Take Five for your Kidneys

March 1, 2015 CHICAGO, IL 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...
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Ten Years on the Road to Healthier Living

February 24, 2015 CHICAGO, IL KidneyMobile® Health Screening Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary; Program Reinforces the Importance of Kidney Health to Communities, Volunteers & Health Professionals throughout Illinois As the KidneyMobile begins its tenth year by kicking off...
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Now Accepting Young Investigator Research Grant Applications

February 3, 2015 CHICAGO, IL 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...
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2015 Professional Advisory Board Membership Enrollment

January 13, 2015 CHICAGO, IL 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...
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Now Taking Requests for KidneyMobile 2015 Screening Season

December 10, 2014 CHICAGO, IL The 2014 screening season has come to an end and we are extremely pleased to have reached over 42,000 individuals across the state of Illinois through the KidneyMobile® program, since its launch in 2005. Year...
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Walk for Kidneys Fundraising Teams Honored with Community Leadership Award

October 23, 2014 CHICAGO, IL This year's Walk for Kidneys, held on June 22, 2014 at Soldier Field, raised more than $227,000 in support of the programs and initiatives of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. This marks an increase...
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Twenty-Ninth Annual Gala to Honor Legacies of Individuals Fighting to End Kidney Disease

October 20, 2014 CHICAGO, IL One in three American adults is at high risk for kidney disease, and more than one million Illinois residents already suffer from the condition. On Saturday, December 6, the 29th Annual Gift of Life...
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In Memoriam: Remembering Joan Shepard Lustig

August 21, 2014 CHICAGO, IL 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....
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National Kidney Foundation of Illinois Hosts 10th Annual Kidney Camp at YMCA Camp Duncan

July 29, 2014 INGLESIDE, IL National Kidney Foundation of Illinois Holds Overnight Camp for Youth Living with Kidney Disease From Sunday, July 13-Friday, July 18, 16 kids ages 7-15 attended the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois' Kidney Camp, an overnight...
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Natalie Gulbis to Attend Middle Market Open™ Golf Tournament

July 14, 2014 OLYMPIA FIELDS, IL Natalie Gulbis to Attend Middle Market Open™ Golf Tournament Benefitting the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois Tenth Annual Golf Tournament Sets Record-Breaking Fundraising Goal for Chronic Disease More than 1.1 million people...
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Fifteenth Annual Walk for Kidneys Raises Over $225,000

June 25, 2014 CHICAGO, IL National Kidney Foundation of Illinois 15th Annual Walk for Kidneys Raises Over $225,000 On Sunday, June 22, 2014, over 3,500 people participated in the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ 15th annual Walk for Kidneys. The three-mile...
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Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Team Amanda

June 18, 2014 CHICAGO, IL Team Amanda: In honor of Amanda Nabi 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...
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Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Team JK Kidney Bean

June 11, 2014 CHICAGO, IL JK Kidney Bean: In honor of James Teng and Kristen Edson When Kristen and James met in 2009, they were coworkers at the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago. When James was diagnosed with...
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Kidney Transplant Recipient and American Idol Finalist to Perform at Walk for Kidneys

June 4, 2014 CHICAGO, IL Transplant Recipient and American Idol Finalist to Perform at Walk for Kidneys The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois Hosts 15th Annual Fundraising Walk The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois will host the 15th...
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Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Team Sweet’s Supporters

June 3, 2014 CHICAGO, IL Sweet's Supporters: In Honor of Jameria Smith Twenty-four year-old Jameria Smith from Chicago Heights has a few goals set for the future: volunteer at a charitable organization, become a famous pastry chef,...
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Spring Events Wrap-Up: World Kidney Day, Derby for a Cause, and 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...
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Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: Team Izzywalkeez

May 29, 2014 CHICAGO, IL Izzywalkeez: In Honor of Izabelle Cary  Six-year-old Izabelle Cary will participate in the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois' 15th annual Walk for Kidneys on June 22, 2014 at Soldier Field. Izabelle and her family...
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Focus on Kidneys with Free Health Screening During National Kidney Month

March 1, 2014 CHICAGO, IL Focus on Kidneys with Free Health Screening During National Kidney Month World Kidney Day Event featuring Chicago Dignitaries and Local Legislators Each year, kidney disease kills more people than breast and prostate cancer...
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CEO Corner: Change Your Life for the Better

Friday, February 28, 2014 Despite having been on staff at the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois for more than twelve years, or perhaps because of it, I am still deeply moved when I learn of people whose lives...
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Story Sharing: Lauren

Recently the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois asked Lauren, how has kidney disease affected your life? Read below to learn more about Lauren, a motivated and dedicated fighter, and her sudden efforts to maintain good health. ...
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Gift of Life Gala Inspires Chicago, Raises More Than $320,000

On November 16, 2013, the 28th Annual Gift of Life Gala brought together more than 400 physicians, surgeons, philanthropists and members of the Chicagoland business community to raise funds to support the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. The evening...
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Gift of Life Walk for Kidney Disease Raises More Than $120,000

On Sunday, June 30, 2013, more than 2,200 people participated in the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ (NKFI) annual Gift of Life Walk presented by Baxter International Inc.  The three-mile walk held at the Soldier Field Great...
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National Kidney Foundation of Illinois Launches New Story Sharing Project

This week the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois launched a new effort to put a face to kidney disease.  The Story Sharing Project will allow anyone affected by kidney disease to share their story, advice,...
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Recycle Your Car this Earth Day

(Chicago, IL) April 22, 2013 – The old car sitting in your driveway can breathe new life into the environment, your pocketbook and those suffering from kidney disease. This Earth Day, donate the car to Kidney Cars and...
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World Kidney Day Draws Focus to Kidney Health

Chicago, IL- March was National Kidney Month, and the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois urged all Americans to give their kidneys a second thought and a well-deserved checkup.  One in three American adults is at...
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KidneyMobile Reaches Milestone: Screens 30,000th Person in Illinois

Chicago, IL- This June, the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois (NKFI) announced that it reached a new milestone: the organization has screened 30,000 people in Illinois for kidney disease.  This was accomplished through the NKFI&rsquo...
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