National Kidney Foundation and Phi Sigma Sigma Join Forces

New York, NY (November 1, 2000) - The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and Phi Sigma Sigma are renewing their 30 year partnership to help fight kidney disease and spread the word about organ donation. The National Kidney Foundation, a major voluntary nonprofit health organization, is dedicated to preventing kidney disease, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease and increasing the availability of kidneys for transplantation.

Phi Sigma Sigma is committed to creating an environment that fosters the advancement of womanhood and growth and development of each member through commitment to leadership.

Through its network of 114 collegiate chapters and 35 alumnae chapters nationwide, Phi Sigma Sigma will be supporting the foundation's activities in early detection of kidney disease and promoting awareness of organ donation by participating in Walk-A-Thons for organ donation, volunteering at screenings for kidney disease and raising funds for research and scholarships at summer camps for children with kidney disease.

"The National Kidney Foundation is thrilled to be working with Phi Sigma Sigma to help us fulfill our mission," says John Davis, NKF CEO. "Their commitment to joining forces with the NKF and its affiliates will go a long way towards making lives better for our patients."

"Phi Sigma Sigma has a long-standing history of public service and philanthropy," says Josette George, National President. "Our young women are eager to contribute to their local communities by participating in all of the various National Kidney Foundation activities."

One of the main projects that the partnership will focus on in 2001 is "Take Time to Talk," a program that positions women as the initiators of a family discussion about organ donation. Phi Sigma Sigma members will distribute the program's centerpiece, a booklet guiding women on starting this very difficult discussion about organ donation. The pamphlet provides answers to the most commonly-asked questions about donation, a summary of the major religions' views about donation, key facts and sample organ donor cards.

Currently 70,000 Americans are on the national waiting list for transplants. Seventeen people die needlessly each day because there simply are not enough donors. "Since family consent is necessary at the time of donation, it is essential that this discussion take place before a major tragedy strikes and the family is thrust into a crisis," explains Davis. Recent NKF surveys indicated that most family members do not know one another's wishes about organ donation and so many potential donors go untapped.

"Phi Sigma Sigma is in a unique position to promote widespread awareness about organ donation while spotlighting women as key players in initiating this essential, yet delicate, dialogue."

For more information on organ donation or the NKF/Phi Sigma Sigma partnership call Sheila Weiner, NKF Patient Services Director at (800) 622-9010 or Michelle Snyder, Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation Coordinator at (561) 451-4415.