patients and families

resources, education, and help

Know your kidneys

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is committed to leading the fight against kidney disease. Through our patient and family resource center, we help communities affected by kidney disease find the information and references they need.

 

We make it easier for patients and their loved ones to find physicians, learn about treatment options, and navigate knotty concerns like insurance, diet, and establishing an emotional support network.

 

prevention

facing kidney disease

 

DIALYSIS AND TREATMENT

Learn about dialysis - a common treatment option for CKD patients whose kidneys are in an advanced state of failure, and need assistance performing their normal bodily functions. 

 

Click below to find valuable dialysis resources; including a clinic finder, medicare tools, fact sheets, and educational references.  

 

ORGAN DONATIONS AND TRANSPLANTATIONS

Whether you're looking to sign up for the transplant waitlist, find a living donor, or are considering becoming an organ donor yourself - there can be lot of information to navigate in the kidney transplant process.

 

Start learning about the practice below, and find quick access to handy tools like transplant center maps, information on support groups, tips on finding a donor, and links to donor registration and the kidney transplant waitlist.

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be an

organ donor

When you give an organ, you give the gift of life. Click below to find out more about how giving a kidney works.

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transplant information

Discover what to expect when receiving a kidney transplant. Find facts about surgery, recovery, and life with a new kidney.

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transplant centers

Explore the medical centers in the state of Illinois that perform kidney transplants, and locate a facility that works for you.

 
ATTEND A FREE
HEALTH SCREENING

Throughout the year, the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois hosts a series of free, kidney health screening events. Conducted from our one-of-a-kind KidneyMobile, these screenings take place all across the state of Illinois.

 

Register for an upcoming screening today, and make a plan to learn about your risk for kidney disease, and take charge of your health.

  • May 18, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT
    St. Joseph Catholic Church, 101 N Centennial St, Cobden, IL 62920
    Attend this free, kidney-health screening and learn about your risk for kidney disease. Please note: registration is NOT necessary to attend. If you would like to register, we will send you an e-mail reminder about your plans to attend a day before the event.
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  • May 19, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
    Carbondale, 303 S Poplar St, Carbondale, IL 62901
    Attend this free, kidney-health screening and learn about your risk for kidney disease. Please note: registration is NOT necessary to attend. If you would like to register, we will send you an e-mail reminder about your plans to attend a day before the event.
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  • May 20, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT
    Williamson County Programs on Aging, 1201 Weaver Rd, Herrin, IL 62948
    Attend this free, kidney-health screening and learn about your risk for kidney disease. Please note: registration is NOT necessary to attend. If you would like to register, we will send you an e-mail reminder about your plans to attend a day before the event.
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  • May 27, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT
    Casa Esperanza Community Center, 1115 23rd Ave, Melrose Park, IL 60160
    Attend this free, kidney-health screening and learn about your risk for kidney disease. Please note: registration is NOT necessary to attend. If you would like to register, we will send you an e-mail reminder about your plans to attend a day before the event.
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  • May 28, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT
    First Baptist Congregational Church, 1613 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612, USA
    Attend this free, kidney-health screening and learn about your risk for kidney disease. Please note: registration is NOT necessary to attend. If you would like to register, we will send you an e-mail reminder about your plans to attend a day before the event.
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  • Jun 03, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM CDT
    Loretto Hospital, 645 S Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60644
    Attend this free, kidney-health screening and learn about your risk for kidney disease. Please note: registration is NOT necessary to attend. If you would like to register, we will send you an e-mail reminder about your plans to attend a day before the event.
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  • Jun 18, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT
    Parroquia Luterana Sagrado Corazón, 658 Grand Ave, Waukegan, IL 60085
    Attend this free, kidney-health screening and learn about your risk for kidney disease. Please note: registration is NOT necessary to attend. If you would like to register, we will send you an e-mail reminder about your plans to attend a day before the event.
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  • Jun 20, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT
    Fairmont City Community Center, 4001 Cookson Rd, Fairmont City, IL 62201
    Attend this free, kidney-health screening and learn about your risk for kidney disease. Please note: registration is NOT necessary to attend. If you would like to register, we will send you an e-mail reminder about your plans to attend a day before the event.
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  • Jun 21, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT
    East St. Louis City Hall, 301 River Park Drive, East St Louis, IL 62201
    Attend this free, kidney-health screening and learn about your risk for kidney disease. Please note: registration is NOT necessary to attend. If you would like to register, we will send you an e-mail reminder about your plans to attend a day before the event.
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  • Jun 22, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT
    NAACP Madison, 1302 Klein Ave, Venice, IL 62090
    Attend this free, kidney-health screening and learn about your risk for kidney disease. Please note: registration is NOT necessary to attend. If you would like to register, we will send you an e-mail reminder about your plans to attend a day before the event.
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  • Jun 23, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT
    Madison County Health Department, 101 E Edwardsville Rd, Wood River, IL 62095
    Attend this free, kidney-health screening and learn about your risk for kidney disease. Please note: registration is NOT necessary to attend. If you would like to register, we will send you an e-mail reminder about your plans to attend a day before the event.
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  • Jun 24, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM CDT
    Granite City Township Hall, 2060 Delmar Ave, Granite City, IL 62040
    Attend this free, kidney-health screening and learn about your risk for kidney disease. Please note: registration is NOT necessary to attend. If you would like to register, we will send you an e-mail reminder about your plans to attend a day before the event.
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  • Jun 30, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT
    Hanover Township Senior Center, 240 Illinois Route 59, Bartlett, IL 60103
    Attend this free, kidney-health screening and learn about your risk for kidney disease. Please note: registration is NOT necessary to attend. If you would like to register, we will send you an e-mail reminder about your plans to attend a day before the event.
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  • Jul 09, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT
    Our Lady of Mercy Parish, 4432 N Troy St, Chicago, IL 60625, USA
    Attend this free, kidney-health screening and learn about your risk for kidney disease. Please note: registration is NOT necessary to attend. If you would like to register, we will send you an e-mail reminder about your plans to attend a day before the event.
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  • Aug 11, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT
    Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago, 204 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60607
    Attend this free, kidney-health screening and learn about your risk for kidney disease. Please note: registration is NOT necessary to attend. If you would like to register, we will send you an e-mail reminder about your plans to attend a day before the event.
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  • Aug 26, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT
    Town of Cicero, 4949 W Cermak Rd, Cicero, IL 60804
    Attend this free, kidney-health screening and learn about your risk for kidney disease. Please note: registration is NOT necessary to attend. If you would like to register, we will send you an e-mail reminder about your plans to attend a day before the event.
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  • Sep 14, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT
    Jacksonville Memorial Hospital, 1600 W Walnut St, Jacksonville, IL 62650
    Attend this free, kidney-health screening and learn about your risk for kidney disease. Please note: registration is NOT necessary to attend. If you would like to register, we will send you an e-mail reminder about your plans to attend a day before the event.
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  • Sep 15, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT
    Quincy Senior and Family Resource Ctr., 639 York St, Quincy, IL 62301
    Attend this free, kidney-health screening and learn about your risk for kidney disease. Please note: registration is NOT necessary to attend. If you would like to register, we will send you an e-mail reminder about your plans to attend a day before the event.
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LIVING WITH KIDNEY DISEASE

Find the information and resources you need to live well with kidney disease. Explore videos, reference guides, and toolkits designed to make managing your diagnosis simpler and easier.  

diet & nutrition

Help your kidneys out by investing in solid meal planning, and learn about the role a nutritious diet can play in your health care.

find support

You don't have to confront kidney disease alone. Click below to connect with peer mentors, patient specialists, and support groups.

insurance & finances

As you plan your treatment and care, it's important that you understand your coverage, and know your options. 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

and INFORMATION

a - z kidney guide

Visit our national office's encyclopedic reference guide to learn about all things kidney, and find additional resources.

kidney

hotline

Call NKF Cares, a patient service hotline managed by our national office in New York, and speak with a trained care specialist. 

resource

list

Continue learning about kidney health with this collection of external links, publications, and downloadable references.

 

YOUR PASSION MAKES THE DIFFERENCE