National Kidney Foundation Mourns the Loss of Ada DeBold Deemer

New York, NY (July 8, 2003) - Kidney disease advocate and founding member of the National Kidney Foundation, Ada Debold Deemer, passed away in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on July 7, 2003 at the age of 86.

Ada's crusade began when her son, Robert, was stricken with nephrosis, a rare and often fatal kidney disorder that afflicts children. In 1950, she and her husband, Harry, gathered together a small group of families whose children were suffering from the same disease and started The National Nephrosis Foundation. Their goal was to raise funds to study nephrosis and ultimately, find a cure.

In 1952, Robert succumbed to the disease. However, Ada and her husband continued to remain active in the Foundation. In 1958 the name of the organization was changed to the National Kidney Disease Foundation and then in 1964 to the National Kidney Foundation.

In 2001, the foundation created the Ada U. DeBold Society in her honor to help ensure the philanthropic future of the NKF. Since its inception, the program has raised over one million dollars through nearly 100 members. To join the Ada DeBold Society, donors may pledge a current gift of $5,000 or a deferred gift of $25,000.

For more information on the Ada DeBold Society click here.