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Kids & TeensLiving with Kidney Disease & Transplantation (Ages 13 - 21)

girl and boy examining dialysis equipmen

living with kidney disease & transplantation: 

teens & young adults

May 22, 2021


armed with education

helping young patients live healthy, happy lives

Teenagers, young adults, and their families will meet with physicians, dietitians, and relevant medical practitioners for a morning of hands-on education, and an afternoon of throw-your-hands-in-the-air fun. While parents begin the day talking with experts and participating in a series of kidney-health discussions, our young patients will enjoy an interactive learning experience with healthcare professionals that allows them to understand their diagnosis in an understanding, supportive environment. Educational topics may cover any of the following areas:


  • Information about new medicine

  • Managing a kidney transplant

  • Emotional support and wellness

  • Dialysis options

  • Breakthroughs in technology

  • Healthy snacks and nutrition 


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Ready for an exciting day of education and activities?


Click below to reserve your spot.

relive the memories

From the educational stations to artistic expression to thrilling roller coasters, relive the fun of the day.

Click below to view photos from the 2019 event.

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schedule & information

plan what to expect


To keep teens and their families safe while they're connecting, we're holding this year's event virtually. Log in from the comfort of home -

we'll send you all the necessary program materials. 

Log-in provided upon registration

Registrants and their families will receive a special gift in the mail. The gift box will include fun giveaways and all necessary program materials.  Be sure to include your mailing address at registration to receive your gift. 

Seminar Schedule

SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2021


9:00 am    Introduction – Welcome

Mateo Solis Rueda, MPH | NKFI Programs Associate


9:05am     Nutrition & Bingo Activity

Nicoletta Alavanja, MS, RD, LDN | Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Melissa Prest, DCN, MS, RDN, LDN | NKFI Dietician


9:25am    Panel Discussion: Conversation with Teens &

                  Young Adults

Austin Lee | American Association of Kidney Patients

9:50am    Your Kidneys & Exercising

Alexis King, M.A., PhD Student | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


10:10am  Teens vs Parents Kidney Jeopardy


10:30am  Break

10:35am  Educational Session for Parents 

Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Care

Dr. Cybele Ghossein, MD | Northwestern Medicine


10:55am  Message from Team IMPACT

Kiernan McGeehan, Regional Director of Programs | Team IMPACT

Schedule & Information

pictures from past events

scenes from the path to health





program sponsors

helping children plan their futures

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is able to successfully impact the lives of young people, their families, and their communities with the help of our dedicated sponsors.

For more information on sponsoring this program, please contact Wesley Bauer at or 312-321-1500. 




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