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 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.

Kicking off our 2014 events calendar in March with National Kidney Month, the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois celebrated World Kidney Day on March 13 by hosting a press event and free health screenings at the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. Each year, World Kidney Day raises awareness and promotes healthy living while kicking off the KidneyMobile® screening season. The KidneyMobile® is an innovative mobile truck that travels across the state providing free screenings to community members for diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease. One hundred and forty-four people were screened through the KidneyMobile® program on World Kidney Day and overwhelmingly, more than 87 percent of those screened had at least one abnormal test result. Kidney disease often goes undiagnosed because it develops slowly with few symptoms, which is why it is critical to spread the word and get screened to detect this disease and its symptoms early on. There are 1.1 million people in Illinois with kidney disease and many do not know they have it. To see more photos from World Kidney Day, visit our Flickr page.


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 close out National Kidney Month, Living with Kidney Disease Chicago (previously named Living with Transplantation) was held on March 29 at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare. This day-long educational conference was a huge success, drawing over 150 participants and eight sponsors and exhibitors. Breakout sessions included topics such as tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and ways to support loved ones with kidney disease and kidney transplantation.  Living with Kidney Disease was launched first in Peoria, Illinois last September. The new format of the program was very well received in both locations.  We look forward to hosting it again in Peoria, on September 27, 2014 (for more details, click here).

The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon was held on Saturday, April 26 in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and Team Kidneys helped raise nearly $14,000 for the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois! Our third year at the event was sponsored by the Noel Foundation and brought 28 runners and six sponsors to support and represent our team. Runners participated in the youth run, 5K, 10K, half, and full marathon events. Congratulations and thank you to every member of Team Kidneys! To see more photos from the marathon, visit our Flickr page. If you are interested in participating in the 2015 Illinois Marathon on behalf of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, please contact Anne Peterson at apeterson@nkfi.org, and save the dates for April 23-25, 2015.


On Saturday, May 3, the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois' Young Professionals hosted Derby for a Cause at Moe’s Cantina River North, in Chicago. Hundreds of attendees enjoyed libations, appetizers, and a silent auction while watching the most exciting two minutes in sports. Derby for a Cause raised over $13,000 to improve the health and well-being of people at risk for or affected by kidney disease, almost twice the amount that was raised in 2013! To see more photos from Derby for a Cause visit our Flickr page. If you or someone you know is interested in joining the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’  Young Professionals, a group that supports programs and events throughout the year, please complete a Young Professionals Application. For more information about the Young Professionals, please click here.


If you are interested in becoming involved with the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois as we move into the summer events season, please visit our Programs & Events page at www.nkfi.org.  Or, if you’d like to volunteer with us, please visit our volunteer page to learn more about the various opportunities available throughout the year.