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.

  • 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 13, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT
    NAACP Office and Education Center, 801 S 11th St, Springfield, IL 62703
    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 14, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT
    Illinois Senior Building, 801 E Sangamon Ave, Springfield, IL 62702
    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 15, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT
    Illinois Senior Building, 801 E Sangamon Ave, Springfield, IL 62702
    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
    Cicero Community Center, 2250 S 49th Ave, 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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  • Aug 27, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT
    Joliet Slammers Stadium, 1 Mayor Art Schultz Drive, Joliet, IL 60432
    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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  • Sep 16, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT
    St. John's Lutheran Church, 2000 Luther Dr, Peru, IL 61354
    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 17, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT
    Rockford Nephrology Associates, 612 Roxbury Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
    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 23, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT
    Enlace Harding Location, 2759 S Harding Ave, Chicago, IL 60623
    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 24, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT
    Kankakee Public Library, 201 E Merchant St, Kankakee, IL 60901
    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 27, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT
    Joliet Junior College, 1125 W Romeo Rd, Romeoville, IL 60446
    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 01, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT
    Valley Kingdom Ministries, 5300 151st St, Oak Forest, IL 60452
    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 10, 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. 

 

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.

 

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