Educational EventsLiving with Kidney Disease & Transplantation, Fall

living with kidney disease and transplantation:


October 24, 2021

Location TBD

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.


get registered

Every registrant will be entered in a raffle. Each Zoom session you attend gets you another raffle entry. First 25 registrants will receive an NKFI Care Kit.

ticket information

  • Registration is free: first 25 registrants will receive an NKFI Care Kit to be mailed week of Nov. 1.

  • Pre-registration online: is requested for all attendees.

  • Raffle tickets: each registrant is entered into a raffle. You get one additional raffle entry for each Zoom session you attend. 

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

be a sponsor

Become a significant supporter of research and community health education. Click below to learn more about sponsoring this event.


location & details



Monday, November 2

Kick-off for NKFI Living with Kidney Disease Month

Jacqueline Burgess-Bishop, FACHE

Friday, November 6

Advocacy Updates

Andrew Fullerton, MPP

Organ Transplant Support

Carol Olash

Monday, November 9

The Journey Continues Podcast

Monica Fox

Wednesday, November 11 

Patient Interview with COVID-19

Michael Phillips


Loyola Medicine

Friday, November 13

Take Charge Demonstration

Rachel DePauw, MPH, CAE & Monica Fox

Monday, November 16

COVID-19 Update

Anand Srivastava, MD, MPH



Wednesday, November 4, 4:00 PM  

Understanding Treatment Options 

Being a Patient Advocate

Sam Krishnamoorthy, MD

Thursday, November 5, 4:00 PM 

Reading and Understanding Lab Reports

Divya Jain, DO

Tuesday, November 10, 5:30 PM 

Mindfulness and Meditation

Nicole du Mont, LCSW

Thursday, November 12, 4:00 PM 

Healthy Living with CKD

Samantha Saggese, MS, PA-C

Tuesday, November 17, 6:00 PM

Healthy Diet and Lifestyle Management Discussion 

Melissa Prest, DCN, MS, RDN, CSR, LDN

Wednesday, November 18, 5:00 PM  

Networking Night

Thursday, November 19, 4:30 PM 

Patient Panel

Gregg & Diane Curtiss, Quin Taylor, John & Nikki K.



October 24, 2021





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

you make the difference

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? Review the 2021 Sponsorship Packet or contact Heidi Merritt at

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