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The National Kidney Foundation's advocacy movement is for all people affected by CKD, transplant candidates and recipients, living and potential donors, donor families and caregivers. We empower, educate and encourage you to get involved on issues relating to CKD, donation and transplantation.

On my mind this week: Spikes, inequalities and kids

By Kevin Longino CEO of National Kidney Foundation and kidney transplant patient June 24, 2020 This week three issues are on my mind: the spikes in COVID-19 cases in states reopening and what that means for kidney patients, inequalities that … Continue reading

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Kidney patient hospital visits in the age of COVID-19

By Jim Myers, kidney transplant recipient and NKF Kidney Advocacy Committee member and Mary Baliker, transplant recipient and Kidney Advocacy Committee Regional Captain Recently, we both had to visit our local medical facilities. For most people this might be concerning, … Continue reading

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Sharing the lifesaving power of transplant

By Matthew Cooper, M.D., and Lara Tushla While COVID-19 has put many things on hold (school, work, travel and a multitude of life celebrations), it has not slowed down kidney disease. In fact, the rates of Acute Kidney Injury AKI) … Continue reading

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Pushing Forward

By Kevin Longino, CEO of National Kidney Foundation and kidney transplant patient COVID-19 isn’t going anywhere yet, and neither are the health disparities which so adversely affect minority communities. It’s essential that we plan to protect kidney patients over the … Continue reading

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Managing Routine Blood Tests During COVID-19

By Risa Simon, NKF patient advocate and founder of The Proactive Path and Transplantfirst Academy; and Michael Stevenson, NKF National Board Member and patient advocate. As kidney patients we adhere to routine lab draws, whether we like it or not. … Continue reading

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COVID-19, Kidney Disease and Minority Communities: Addressing the Disparities

By Kevin Longino, CEO of National Kidney Foundation and kidney transplant patient You’ve been reading in my blogs about how COVID-19 is causing acute kidney injury in people with no history of kidney disease, and the devastating toll the virus … Continue reading

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My experience with COVID as a kidney patient

By Michael Phillips, Transplant recipient and Kidney Advocacy Committee member I was looking forward to bringing some major changes to my family’s lives this year, including moving for a new job. I was also so excited about attending my first … Continue reading

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Grateful and 16 years Kidney Strong

By Kevin Longino, CEO of National Kidney Foundation and kidney transplant patient This weekend marks Memorial Day, a traditional lake or beach weekend with all that this entails. It’s a time when we express our gratitude to the Veterans who … Continue reading

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There’s no place like home for dialysis

By Melissa Bensouda, Kidney Patient and NKF Kidney Advocacy Committee Member My appreciation for the phrase “There’s no place like home” has reached an entirely new level over the last six weeks of quarantine. Like many in the U.S., my … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Patients are Becoming Kidney Patients, but Most Americans are Unaware

By Kevin Longino, CEO of National Kidney Foundation and kidney transplant patient COVID-19 doesn’t just attack a patient’s lungs, it damages the kidneys. But a new Harris Poll released by the National Kidney Foundation shows surprisingly low levels of awareness … Continue reading

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