NKF Serving Upstate and Western New York

Honors event information, upstate new york

2023 Honors Awards Benefit

The NKF Honors Awards Benefit is held annually in celebration of World Kidney Month. The benefit honors members of the local community who have been outstanding in the promotion of kidney health and the fight against kidney disease.



For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ellen Scalzo at Ellen.Scalzo@kidney.org or 585.598.3963 x371

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2023 Upstate & Western New York Kidney Walk

Save the Date!

Sunday, September 17, 2023
Location information coming soon!


For more information, please contact Ellen Scalzo at 585.598.3963 Ext. 371 or Ellen.scalzo@kidney.org.

Professional Education

Professional Education

For US Physicians and Healthcare Professionals




2023 Councils on Renal Nutrition Conference will be held on: October 19, 2023

  • Check back soon for more details!

Renal Roundtables

Upcoming Event: 

  • Stay tuned for 2023 dates and registration


Renal Roundtables are professional education and networking lecture series open to physicians and advanced practitioners. Renal Roundtables provide kidney healthcare professionals access to renowned experts in kidney disease and an opportunity for open discussion among participants.


For more information on sponsoring a Renal Roundtable contact Ellen Scalzo at Ellen.Scalzo@kidney.org.

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Are you or someone you know a dialysis patient?

You are not alone! Talk with someone who has been there. No one knows how to best cope with kidney disease like someone who lives with it every day.


Learn about NKF PEERS, our peer mentoring program. 

Take Charge of your Kidney Health is a FREE 8-week workshop for people with Chronic Kidney Disease who want to learn how to manage their illness and live healthier with kidney disease.


Are you interested in participating or learning more about our Take Charge of Your Kidney Health program? Provide us with your information and we'll be in touch with more details.

Employee Wellness

Medicare alone spends $87 billion caring for individuals with kidney disease. Go from "zero" to "kidney consciousness" in less than 3 minutes with our Your Kidneys and You video! This can be embedded on corporate Intranets as part of an employee wellness program, shown at community health fairs, or shared with members of your organization.


For information on the above program please contact Chloe Kay at 585.598.3963 x372 or Chloe.Kay@kidney.org.

We are here to listen and support you during the COVID-19 outbreak. Find answers to the most common questions and stay informed about the latest coronavirus developments in our COVID-19 section.

Have questions about kidney disease? We can help!

Call toll-free at 855.NKF.CARES (855.653.2273) or email nkfcares@kidney.org. We speak English and Spanish and are available Monday–Friday.


About NKF Cares:


Our Patient Information Help Line, NKF Cares, offers support for people affected by kidney disease, organ donation or transplantation. It's designed just for patients, family members and care partners. Speak with a trained specialist who will answer your questions and listen to your concerns.

Challenge your staff to join the fight against kidney disease with a hands-on, in-office volunteer event. You and your team can assemble care packages for dialysis patients in the community where you live and work — brighten their spirits and make the long hours of treatment a little more bearable.

For more information or to host contact Kristen Ryan, Community Outreach Director at 585.598.3963 x373 or email at Kristen.Ryan@kidney.org


Hero Circle is a national network that shares a common belief in the life-saving mission of the National Kidney Foundation. It seeks to raise awareness about the work of NKF and engage individuals through philanthropy, events, and our programmatic initiatives. Your donation of $1,000 or more makes a tangible difference in the lives of those impacted by kidney disease.



For more information, please contact Ellen Scalzo at 585.598.3963 Ext. 371 or Ellen.Scalzo@kidney.org.

Go Casual for Kidneys!

You and your workplace or school are invited to participate in our Casual for Kidneys Day, a dress-down day held to benefit the NKF. This dress down day helps to raise awareness of chronic kidney disease & support the local kidney community. You can bring your employees together for a cause that will truly make a difference. For more information, contact Chloe Kay at 585.598.3963 x372 or Chloe.Kay@kidney.org.

Team Kidney is a nationwide community rallying support to fight kidney disease by empowering members to create their own unique fundraising events. With each mile logged, transplant anniversary celebrated, or cookie baked, Team Kidney raises funds and hope for the 30 million Americans currently battling kidney disease. With Team Kidney, fundraising is whatever you want it to be!

Check out a past Team Kidney Fundraiser.


When you volunteer you will be supporting the National Kidney Foundation’s programs while giving back to our local Kidney Community!


For more information contact Kristen Ryan, Community Outreach Director at 585.598.3963 x373 or Kristen.Ryan@kidney.org.


Kidney Cars Vehicle Donation Program

Turn your vehicle into cash for the National Kidney Foundation Serving Upstate and Western New York! Vehicles donated to National Kidney Foundation have the potential to bring hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars in support of advocating for all kidney patients through education, research, and innovation. Donating is simple, the pick-up is free, and your gift is tax-deductible. Donate your vehicle to the NKF Serving Upstate and Western New York today! Donate online or call 800.488.CARS (2277).

Local Office

1344 University Avenue
Suite 270
Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: 585.598.3963
Fax: 585.319.3997

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