Educational EventsLiving with Kidney Disease & Transplantation Week, Virtual

living with kidney disease and transplantation:


April 13-16, 2020

From the comfort of your own home

learn from the experts

connecting you to physicians and resources

Since the Coronavirus outbreak has made an in-person event impossible, we are moving to a virtual format! We'll be recording learning sessions with each of our scheduled speakers and hosting three live panel discussion where you can ask questions, get resources and find support.


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

Presenters are happy to be resources, and are more than willing to discuss any questions that were not covered in the program.   


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Reserve your spot now, and discover what's new in the field.


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ticket information

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

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

  • Using Zoom: Learn more about using the platform beforehand here.

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location & details

updated agenda with virtual sessions coming soon!



Monday, April 13  

Recordings Available


Exercise in CKD, Brett Burrows, MS

Learn simple but impactful ways to increase physical activity, whether it’s increasing activities of daily living or performing simple exercises to improve physical function and quality of life. Best for patients on dialysis. Watch now


I've Got a Kidney, Now What?, Divya Jain, DO

Learn about life changes post-transplant. Transplant nephrologist, Dr. Jain, will also cover innovations and updates in the field. Best for patients awaiting transplantation. Watch now


Immunosuppressant Updates, Anesia Reticker, PharmD; Benito Valdepenas, PharmD, RN

Learn about changes and updates in the field of pharmaceuticals.  Best for post-transplant patients. Watch now

Speakers and topics are subject to change.



Tuesday, April 14  

5:00 PM    Live Dietitian Panel

A moderated panel featuring three dietitians, each with a different specialty: CKD, dialysis and transplant. Watch now

Melanie Betz, RD, CSR, CSG, LDN; Renee Fung, RD, CSR, LDN; Kelly Nemec, RD, CSR, LDN

Wednesday, April 15  

5:00 PM    Live Patient Panel

A moderated panel featuring kidney patients as they share their journey living with CKD. Watch now

Living donors Bethany & Hannah Goralski; Transplant recipient Quin Taylor; Dialysis patient Andre Willis; CKD patient Muffy Clarkson

Thursday, April 16  

5:00 PM   Live Expert Panel

A moderated panel featuring this week’s speakers. Watch now  

Stephen Jensik, MD; Amishi Desai, DO; Grace Mooney-Melvin, LCSW; Benito Valdapenas, PharmD, RN; Anesia Reticker, PharmD; Brett Burrows, MS


April 13-18, 2020

times, TBD



The comfort of your own home!

Recorded sessions and live panel discussions

will be broadcast via Zoom.

Registration link coming soon! 


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 sponsorship packet here or contact Heidi Merritt at


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