world kidney day

Thurs, March 11, 2021


11:45 AM - 2:30 PM

a global effort

for everyone, everywhere

In honor of the 850 million people worldwide who are estimated to be battling kidney disease, every year the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois joins with healthcare organizations and advocacy groups on every continent to commemorate World Kidney Day. This bold, global awareness campaign is focused on raising awareness of issues relating to kidney health, and welcomes new supporters from all corners of the globe into our fight.


Every year, the NKFI honors World Kidney Day with a unique, community event. Our plans differ year-to-year, but they often include an extra-large health screening session, lobbying/advocacy pushes, and special youth programming.


If you are unable to attend the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois' World Kidney Day event, consider observing the day yourself by organizing your own #TeamKidney effort. You can use the awareness day to raise funds in support of the NKFI's free educational services; create a tribute for someone you know touched by kidney disease; or even organize a simple fundraiser on facebook.

Want to learn more about fundraising your way with #TeamKidney?  Please Click Here.


location & details

lunch & learn 


11:45am:  Get Fit Where You Sit

Lakshmi Voelker, Chair Yoga

12:00pm:  Welcome 

Jacqueline Burgess-Bishop, FACHE

  Presentation of World Kidney Day      Proclamation

Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton (invited)


Monica Fox

12:10pm: Are You in the 33%: Understanding Chronic

Kidney Disease (CKD) and Risk Factors

Dr. Ana Ricardo, UI Health


12:30pm: Know Your Options: Kidney Disease

Treatments and Modalities

Dr. Veeda Landeras, Associates in Nephrology



12:45pm: Break | Visit Virtual Exhibitor Breakouts

1:20pm: COVID-19 Vaccine Updates and


Dr. Suresh Samson, Advocate Aurora


1:35pm: KidneyMobile Testimonials  


1:40pm: Eating for Optimal Kidney Health &

Cooking Demonstration

Dr. Melissa Prest, NKFI


1:55pm: Break | Network with Exhibitors  

2:10pm: Organ Donation: One Voice, One Vision-

to Save and Heal Lives

Marion Shuck, Gift of Hope & AMAT


2:25pm: Closing Comments


Agenda is subject to change


kidney health resources

empowering through education

Donating Blood

Find resources and information about dialysis - including toolkits, treatment options, and a clinic finder.

In case you had any doubts about how inc

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.

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program sponsors

you make the difference

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. For more information on sponsoring this program, please review the 2021 Sponsorship Packet or contact Heidi Merritt at or 312-321-1500. 



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Join the NKFI at a community-building event, and help us create resources for education, patients, and families.



Take control of your own health and connect with experts and resources at one of our free educational seminars.



Learn from leaders in the field and deepen your understanding of CKD at an NKFI professional development day.

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