Educational EventsLiving with Kidney Disease & Transplantation, Fall

living with kidney disease and transplantation:


November 2-20, 2020


learn from the experts

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:

  • Managing nutrition

  • Advances in medicine

  • How to arrange a kidney transplant

  • Benefits of receiving a transplant

  • Medicare, insurance, and paying for treatment​

  • Emotional support and wellness

  • Dialysis options

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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ticket information

  • 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 at the event.

  • Donations: to the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois are welcome and will help cover additional program expenses.

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location & details



8:00am  -  Registration & Exhibitor Tables Open, Breakfast

9:00am  -  Welcome Reception, Jacqueline Burgess-Bishop

9:15am  -  Share Your Story: Patient Panel

9:45am  -  Breakout Session No. 1 (Choose One)

Manage Symptoms of Depression, Pain, Anxiety & More with ETF Tapping, Camela Frankovich, LCSW | Fresenius Kidney Care

Updates in Nephrology, Transplantation & Post Transplantation, Sanjeev Akkina, MD | Loyola University Medicine

Returning to the Workforce: Ticket to Work Program (Vocational Rehab), Erica Anderson, MSW, LCSW & Quin Taylor | QSource ESRD Network 10




10:40am  -  Break: Exhibitor Tables Open

11:00am  -  Breakout Session No. 2 (Choose One)

Fit for Service: Exercise & Its Impact on the Transplant Process, Mario Spaggiari, MD | UI Health

Healthy Plate for a Healthy Weight, Tisa Ross, RD | DaVita

Returning to the Workforce: Ticket to Work Program (Vocational Rehab), Erica Anderson, MSW, LCSW & Quin Taylor | QSource ESRD Network 10

12:00pm  -  Lunch with the Experts: Moderated panel discussion during lunch

1:00pm  -  Raffle, Networking & Conclusion

Online Workshop


November 2-20, 2020



Virtual, join from home


Revisit the day's seminars and lectures by exploring the presentation materials below. All materials are free to access, and available for download.






kidney health resources

empowering through education

Donating Blood

Find resources and information about dialysis - including toolkits, treatment options, and a clinic finder.

Nurse And Patient

Explore how kidney donations work, get details about becoming a donor, and learn about the process of receiving a kidney.

Nutritional Cooking

 Get the help you need to manage diet and nutrition, and empower yourself to eat and live well with kidney disease.


program sponsors

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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 2020 Sponsorship Packet or contact Heidi Merritt at

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