2016 Annual Report: Prevention, education and empowerment
August 31, 2016
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, like diabetes and high blood pressure, we can stop or slow the progression of kidney disease. Education, because good nutrition, regular exercise, connection to care and medical compliance are key in managing kidney disease and its comorbidities. Empowerment, because we want individuals throughout Illinois to be equipped with the tools they need to take control of their own health.
An estimated 1.1 million people are living with kidney disease in Illinois and as many as 900,000 may not even know they have it. Kidney disease can be prevented in many cases, sparing families the hardships of dialysis, transplantation, or potentially the loss of a loved one. Kidney disease taxes patients and their families, but has also created a huge economic burden, one we can help reduce.
As you will see in this report, our impact in fiscal year 2016 was very strong, and we have our partners and supporters to thank. We are inspired by the dedication of all those who give back to the kidney community and because of their generosity, we are able to continue the fight.
From all of us at the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, thank you for your commitment and support.
About the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois improves the health and well-being of people at risk for and affected by kidney disease through prevention, education and empowerment.