NKF Serving the Alleghenies

NKF Corporate Monopoly® Tournament

The 2018 National Kidney Foundation Corporate Monopoly® Tournament was held on Thursday, October 4th in the Rivers Casino Ballroom. More than 130 guests came out for a blast from the past, playing 90 minutes of Monopoly® in teams of four. The evening was led by Abby Krizner of 105.9 The X and featured an open bar and buffet courtesy of Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale, White Claw, SweetWater Brewing, and the Rivers Casino. Local NKF Board members Mike Kovalcik (Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale), Kevin Heher (Liberty Insurance Agency), and Brennan Hart (Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP) led the event’s Leadership Committee in raising nearly $42,000 with support from over 60 companies. The winning teams finishing the night with the highest collective cash/assets included Team UPMC 2, The Railroad Rascals of DaVita Homestead, and Team Liberty Insurance Agency in first place. Congratulations to all winners and thanks to everyone who came out to support National Kidney Foundation’s lifesaving programs! Photos from the event can be found at www.kidney.org/PittsburghMonopoly.

Will you finish the night on top or bow out in bankruptcy? Join us next year to find out! Contact Kelley George for more information.

This event has no affiliation to any official Hasbro MONOPOLY® tournaments.

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"The Big Ask: The Big Give" — UPMC

Thursday, August 30, 2018
UPMC Biomedical Science Tower, Room 100
203 Lothrop St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The Big Ask: The Big Give is a comprehensive seminar designed to increase living donation and transplantation. The program provides insightful information and includes resources to support kidney patients, families and potential kidney donors, including in-person training workshops, a national awareness campaign, a dedicated website, NKF Cares helpline, NKF Peers mentoring program, printed materials, online communities, and public policy/legislative efforts to remove barriers. The in-person training workshops are an important feature of this platform and are designed to help kidney patients find a living donor. Open to kidney patients on the transplant waiting list, along with their family members, friends, and potential living donors. This is the second of four workshops scheduled in 2018 through UPMC's support. For more information, please contact Cherie Peters at Cherie.Peters@kidney.org or 412-261-4115 x759.

Pittsburgh Kidney Walk

The Kidney Walk is the nation's largest walk to fight kidney disease. Held in nearly 100 communities, the event raises awareness and funds lifesaving programs that educate and support patients, their families and those at risk. Take a lifesaving step today and sign up for our upcoming Pittsburgh Kidney Walk slated for Sunday, November 4, 2018 at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium! 2017 was a banner year and we cannot wait to celebrate life with our walkers in 2018!

Kidney Gift of Life Gala

Kidney Gift of Life Gala

Thank you to all who came out in support of the 30th Annual Kidney Gift of Life Gala at Heinz Field on Saturday, March 10, 2018!

With the help of nearly 450 of Pittsburgh's finest, NKF raised over $260,000 in support of the fight against kidney disease. The funds raised at this inspirational event will directly help to improve the lives of millions of kidney patients and fuel medical innovations surrounding kidney health.

Congratulations to our incredible awardees - Dr. Demetrius Ellis, Dr. Barbara Clark, and Mrs. Nikki McKenna! You three join a legacy of more than 90 leading physicians and philanthropists who have taken the stage before you to be recognized for their innovations and impact on the kidney community.

And a very special, heartfelt thank you to the Kidney Gift of Life Gala Co-Chairs - Dr. Beth Piraino, Ms. Debra Caplan, and Dr. David Levenson along with the Leadership Committee. Your guidance and dedication over the last months in planning this event have been tremendous. We are so grateful for your support!

For more information about this event contact Melissa Sidick at Melissa.sidick@kidney.org (412) 261-4115 ext. 753.

NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic

The NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic is the Premier Amateur Golf Event for Charity. Each year thousands of golfers across the country participate in over 30 local events for the exciting competition and the chance to qualify for the National Finals at The Pebble Beach Resorts. The 2018 Pittsburgh NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic was held on Monday, May 21st at Valley Brook Country Club in McMurray, PA. Nearly 150 of Pittsburgh's finest golfers and supporters came together to take a swing at kidney disease to further our mission. The day was a true success! Thanks to everyone who came out to support and volunteer at the event! We look forward to hosting everyone again in 2019. For more information or to get involved in next year's outing, please contact Melissa.Sidick@kidney.org.

Your Kidneys And You

The National Kidney Foundation's Your Kidneys & You program was developed to raise awareness among the general public and individuals at risk for kidney disease by educating them about kidneys, risk factors for kidney disease, and what can be done to protect kidneys.

Your Kidneys & You is a volunteer-led presentation on kidneys, risk factors and preventative action steps, with a focus on where to turn for more information. Volunteers are trained by NKF local offices to deliver this presentation to the general public, corporate audiences and at-risk populations.

You may request a Your Kidneys & You presentation for your workplace, civic organization, school, club or place of worship by calling Rachael Masterson at (800) 261-4115 x757.

If you are interested in volunteering to provide Your Kidneys & You presentations, please contact Rachael Masterson at (800) 261-4115 x757 to arrange a training session.

Join Hands With the NKF to Help the 30 MILLION AMERICANS Fighting Kidney Disease.

You will make a difference!

By contributing all or a portion of your United Way gift to the National Kidney Foundation Serving the Alleghenies (#170), you will help us provide free, community-based KEEP Healthy kidney health checks designed to detect kidney disease early…when there is still time to slow, or even halt, the progression of this serious public health epidemic.

Maximize the impact of your gift! Check with your employer to see if they offer a matching gift program.

Choose Contributor Choice Code #170 - and know that thousands of kidneys will thank you!

Kidney Cars

Donate your old car, van, truck, or boat to help improve the lives of the millions of Americans affected by kidney disease. Donate today!

Patient & Family Services

  • General Kidney Health Information
  • Early CKD (Stages 1-3)
  • CKD Stage 4
  • CKD Stage 5
  • Dialysis
  • Transplantation
  • Nutrition and Diet

Transportation Program - Pennsylvania residents who meet eligibility requirements are reimbursed for a portion of the transportation costs associated with traveling to and from dialysis treatment three times a week. This program is run in collaboration with, and within the guidelines of, the Pennsylvania State Renal Disease Program.

Please contact your social worker at your dialysis clinic for an application or click here to download an application.

Kidney Living Magazine - Kidney Living is the National Kidney Foundation's FREE magazine for dialysis patients! Each issue features stories from people who are living well on dialysis, as well as tips for coping with kidney disease, healthy eating, finding support, and so much more. Sign up today at Kidney Living Magazine or contact Cherie Peters at (800) 261-4115 x759.

Peers Lending Support - Peers Lending Support is our free, national telephone-based support program that connects those experiencing CKD (Stage 4, dialysis patients, and transplant recipients) with an NKF-trained mentor who has been through a similar experience. For more information on Peers Lending Support, call toll-free 1-855-NKF-PEER (653-7337) or visit our Peers Lending Support page.

NKF Cares - NKF Cares is our toll-free phone and email patient help line. Trained professionals provide information, support and resources to people affected by CKD (patients, family members) on a wide variety of topics. Call toll-free 1-855-NKF-Cares (653-2273).

Medical Alert Jewelry - MedIds.com (318) 397-8441 will offer a 15% discount to needy patients if the patient uses the code "NKF2012".

Medic Alert (888-633-4298) will waive the fee if the patient submits a letter from his/her doctor on the doctor's letterhead and proof of monthly income. These documents must be submitted along with the company's application form.

American Medical ID (800-363-5985) will provide the stainless steel version for free with a letter from the doctor on the doctor's letterhead. The original letter has to be mailed to the company; it cannot be a photocopy or a fax.

Educational Literature - The National Kidney Foundation delivers patient programs and resources in print, online and through multi-media. We offer a vast library of printed publications on a number of different topics. Educational literature and materials can be found online at the NKF Store. Many of these brochures are also available through your local office by contacting Cherie Peters at (800) 261-4115 x759.

Additional Resources - More information to help patients can be found at our Patients & Family Resources page.

Professional Education

CME/CE Activities - There are numerous opportunities for continuing education online by clicking CME/CE Activities. The National Kidney Foundation is Accredited with Commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

CKD Primary Care Physicians Initiative - The NKF's CKD Primary Care Physician's Initiative is a 5-year demonstration project that will drive the adoption of clinical practice guidelines aimed at improving kidney health related outcomes into the primary care workflow, develop CKD metrics including HEDIS performance measures and ICD-10-CM codes for billing, and develop models that demonstrate a clinical and economic return on investment for interventions related to early identification and management of CKD for insurance companies, employers, doctors and patients. To request a PCP information packet, please contact Cherie Peters at x759.

Educational Resources - The National Kidney Foundation delivers professional programs and resources in print, online, through multi-media and in meetings. We offer a vast library of printed publications on a number of different topics. Educational literature and materials can be found also be found online at the NKF Store.

Additional Resources - A variety of resources are designed for renal professionals, including our smartphone applications, Spring Clinical meetings, Living Well DVD series and professional journals. Please visit the Professionals page of our website for more information.

Corporate Partners

Special thanks to our 2017-2018 Annual Corporate Partners:

Liberty Insurance Agency Koppers