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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.

Know Your Kidneys

prevention

facing kidney disease

Dialysis

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 Transplants

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.

Free Heath Screenings
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.

  • Oct 02, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT
    Governors State University, 1 University Pkwy., Engbretson Hall, University Park, IL 60484
    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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  • Oct 11, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Rizal Center Chicago, 1332 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613
    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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  • Oct 13, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT
    Niles Senior Center, 999 Civic Center Dr, Niles, IL 60714
    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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  • Oct 27, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT
    San Miguel School-Community Center, 1936 W 48th St, Chicago, IL 60609
    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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  • Nov 09, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM CST
    Malcolm X College, 1900 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612
    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. 

Living with Kidney Disease

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.

Additional Resources

YOUR PASSION MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

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