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connecting you to physicians and resources
Each installment of Living with Kidney Disease and Transplantation consists of one or two large presentations; a series of intimate, expert-led conversations rooted in kidney-health; and a moderated panel discussion.
It is our goal to provide participants a unique forum that allows them to understand their diagnosis in an understanding, supportive environment, and lets them access whatever information they might need about medications, insurance, diet, treatment options, and more. Educational topics may cover any of the following areas:
Advances in medicine
How to arrange a kidney transplant
Benefits of receiving a transplant
Medicare, insurance, and paying for treatment
Emotional support and wellness
Breakfast and lunch are both offered free of charge. Following lunch and the program's conclusion, attendees will have the opportunity to continue the conversation and talk with speakers and experts one-on-one. Presenters are happy to be resources, and are more than willing to discuss any questions that were not covered in the program.
** Please Note: Like all NKFI Living with Kidney Disease and Transplantation events, this program is presented free of charge.
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Registration is free: as is parking, breakfast, lunch and all program materials.
Pre-registration online: is requested for all attendees.
Raffle tickets: are sold for $1 each.
Donations: to the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois are welcome and will help cover additional program expenses.
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8:30am - Registration & Exhibitor Tables Open, Breakfast
9:00am - Welcome Reception - Chancellor Ballroom
Rachel DePauw, MPH, CAE | National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
Mateo Solis Rueda, MPH | National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
9:15am - Share Your Story - Chancellor Ballroom
10:00am - Breakout Session No. 1 (Choose One):
Moving More with Chronic Kidney Disease -
Ashley Morgan, BS | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dialysis Options - Loyalty Room
Miranda Perrero, MSW, LCSW | Fresenius Kidney Care
Agenda subject to change
10:55am - Break: Exhibitor Tables Open
11:20am - Breakout Session No. 2 (Choose One):
Eating Healthy to Boost your Immune System - Excellence Room
Dr. Melissa Prest, DCN, MS, RDN, CSR, LDN | National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
Why is Salt Bad for Both the Heart and Muscle in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease - Loyalty Room
Shelly (Hsin-Yu) Fang, MS | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
12:15pm - COVID-19 Updates: Recommendations,
Vaccinations & Booster Shot - Chancellor Ballroom
Dr. Edgar Lerma, MD, FACP, FASN, FPSN | UIC/Advocate Christ Medical Center
1:00pm - Lunch and Networking
Saturday, December 2022
8:30am - 2:00pm
The i Hotel and Conference Center
1900 S 1st St.
Champaign, IL 61820
2019 PRESENTATION MATERIALS
Revisit the day's seminars and lectures by exploring the presentation materials below. These materials are free to access, and available for download.
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The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is able to support patients and families, conduct free educational seminars, and offer community screening days through the generosity of our passionate supporters, and a remarkable team of dedicated sponsors. Interested in sponsoring this program? Download the Sponsorship Packet or contact Heidi Merritt at 312-321-1500 or email@example.com
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