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(New York, NY)â€”November 15, 2010--The National Kidney Foundation, the nationâ€™s largest organization dedicated to preventing and treating kidney disease, today celebrates its 60th anniversary. The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) was founded on November 15, 1950 by Ada and Harry Debold, the parents of a toddler stricken with an incurable disease called nephrosis.
â€œOver the last sixty years, there has been a revolution in treatment and detection,â€� says John Davis, NKF CEO. â€œKidney failure is no longer a death sentence. The advent of kidney transplantation in 1954 and the invention of the Teflon shunt in 1964 that made dialysis possible, changed the course of treatment and saved hundreds of thousands of lives. The National Kidney Foundation has initiated ground-breaking programs in research, patient advocacy, public and professional education and organ donation.â€�
Over the last six decades, the foundationâ€™s major achievements include:
Since scientists learned that kidney disease is progressive and detection and medical intervention can begin early, the National Kidney Foundation continues to support those with kidney failure but has added a new focus on kidney health education.
In honor of this special birthday, the foundation has produced a 2011 calendar featuring kidney health tips, medical milestones and original art created by kidney transplant recipients, organ donors and professionals in the field. To order the $6 calendar, go to www.kidney.org/store. To support the foundationâ€™s life-saving work, make a donation at www.kidney.org/60.
The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing and treating kidney diseases, improving the health and well being of patients and families affected by these diseases and increasing availability of all organs for transplantation. To learn more visit www.kidney.org.