NKF Serving the Alleghenies

2021 NKF Gift of Life Honors

The 2021 NKF Gift of Life Honors will be held VIRTUALLY on World Kidney Day, Thursday, March 11th. Get your tickets here! If you are interested in sponsorship or have any questions regarding Honors, please contact Brandi Lehman at 412.261.4115 x 757.

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2021 NKF Konica Minolta Classic

The 2021 NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic will be held on May 17th at Valley Brook Country Club. Strict safety precautions will be implemented. Visit our website to register! For more information regarding sponsorship or about the event in general, please reach out to Molly Doehring at 412.261.4115 x 754.

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NKF Corporate Monopoly® Tournament

The NKF is committed to keeping our community members safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. Because of this, the 2020 National Kidney Foundation Corporate Monopoly® Tournament has been postponed until 2021. More details about the next tournament and an official date will be shared as soon as possible. If you're interested in learning more about getting involved with a future Monopoly Tournament, please contact Brandi Lehman at 412.261.4115 x 757.

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

Pittsburgh Kidney Walk

The 2020 Pittsburgh Kidney Walk went virtual on Sunday, November 8th with incredible success! TOGETHER, we raised more than $178,000 for kidney patients and their families in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia! If you missed our Opening Ceremony, click here to view it! Donations for the 2020 Walk can still be made through December 31st, 2020. To make a donation or for any questions regarding the Pittsburgh Kidney Walk, please contact Molly Doehring at 412.261.4115 x 754.

The Big Ask: The Big Give – A Workshop on Living Donation

Living donation makes better lives possible. Whether you need a kidney, or want to learn more about donation, it starts with asking the NKF. During the Big Ask, Big Give workshops we teach patients how to share their story and ask people to consider donation. This program is done in person and virtually. If you would like to bring this program to your dialysis clinic or transplant center, contact Holly Turkovic, Senior Community Outreach Manager.

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Better lives and healthier futures start with YOU

Volunteering with the National Kidney Foundation Serving the Alleghenies gives you a chance to be part of the mission to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases. Millions of Americans have some form of kidney or urologic disease. Thousands die each year while waiting for kidney transplants. Hundreds of thousands need life-sustaining dialysis treatments to stay alive. Volunteer your time and/or talent to support NKF initiatives in our local community.

Register here to check out our latest volunteer opportunities or contact Brandi Lehman at 412.261.4115 x757.

Patient Education, Tools & Support

The National Kidney Foundation has the most extensive library of kidney health information for individuals, patients, transplant recipients, and living donors, including newsletters, printed brochures, online materials, and virtual workshops. If you are interested in participating in our Patient Education webinars, contact Holly Turkovic, Senior Community Outreach Manager to be added to our invite list.

Professional Education, Tools & Support

NKF provides opportunities for collaboration, networking, and career advancement for every member of the kidney patient care team. Tools and resources, based on NKF-published guidelines, are developed for professionals to incorporate into their practices and advance patient care. As part of our professional education opportunities, we also offer Renal Roundtables and Renal Grand Rounds, both in-person and virtually. For more information about professional education or if you interested in learning more about our Medical Advisory Board, contact Holly Turkovic, Senior Community Outreach Manager.

Corporate Partners

A very special THANK YOU to our 2019-2020 Annual Corporate Partners!

To learn more about how to become an NKF Annual Corporate Partner, please contact Jenny Madia, Development Director.

UPMC: Life Changing Medicine
Sarris Candy Co
Highmark together with Allegheny Health Network
Square Cafe

Join Hands With the NKF to Help the 37 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

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.

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 855.NKF.PEER (855.653.7337) 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 855.NKF.CARES (855.653.2273).

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.

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

Professional Resources and Events

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).

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.