Nurse Practitioner Wins Nationwide Kidney Art Contest

New York, NY (April 29, 2010) — Laura MacGregor, a nurse practitioner at Grand Street Associates in Kingston, was named the grand prize winner in a nationwide art contest presented by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) in honor of its 60th anniversary.

The NKF contest solicited artwork in three categories: digital design, hand drawn and photography. Entries represented participants' personal experience with kidney disease and organ transplantation. More than 80 kidney patients, transplant recipients, family members and kidney healthcare professionals from 25 states submitted artwork.

MacGregor's digital design depicted two hands holding a tree filled with kidneys and the phrase “if kidneys only grew on trees.”

“My inspiration for this piece of art was each and every one of the dialysis patients and kidney transplant recipients I treat and the many struggles they endure,” said MacGregor. “If only kidneys grew on trees, they'd all be a lot better off.”

All entries were reviewed by an expert panel of judges and narrowed down to 16 semi-finalists that were then voted on by NKF's constituents and visitors to NKF's 60th Anniversary Web site, www.kidney.org/60.

MacGregor was awarded the grand prize of a three night trip for two to Orlando, Florida, after the 2,200 online votes were tallied.

The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation. For information on kidney disease visit www.kidney.org. To view all the art contest entries visit www.kidney.org/60.