NKF Serving the Alleghenies

2016 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 the Sunday, November 6, 2016 Pittsburgh Kidney Walk held at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. The day will be full of fun and excitement – a true celebration of life with nearly 2,500 attendees! Visit www.kidneywalk.org for more information or contact Melissa Sidick to get started today!

NKF Golf Classic

The NKF Golf Classic is the Premier Amateur Golf Event for Charity. Please join us on May 16, 2016 at Valley Brook Country Club in McMurray, PA for a chance to compete at Pebble Beach Resorts in January 2017 at the National Finals held at the famed Pebble Beach Resorts. We look forward to hosting 200+ of Pittsburgh’s Finest on the greens of Valley Brook Country Club in May! Please contact Erin Tuladzieck for more information.

CKDinform: A Knowledge-Based Symposium

Saturday April 16, 2016
Allegheny County Medical Society
713 Ridge Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15212 

This 3-hour CME/CE symposium focuses on the unique role that primary care practitioners play in managing patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). 

For more information, contact Cherie Peters at 800.261.4115 ext. 12. Download our Save the Date.

To Register:

  1. Log in or register for a new account in our Professional Education Resource Center (PERC): http://education.kidney.org/
  2. Once logged in, go to: http://education.kidney.org/CKDi4-1603-ALG

Kidney Gift of Life Gala

Kidney Gift of Life Gala

It was all black and gold at the 2016 Kidney Gift of Life "All that Glitters is Gold" Gala on March 12, 2016. More than 400 supporters convened at the Heinz Field's West Club Lounge to support the National Kidney Foundation, dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. Festivities kicked off at 6:00 PM with an open bar VIP reception & Gift of Life Ceremony honoring individuals in the community that both exemplify the NKF mission and provide exceptional support to both the organization and local community. The evening, emceed by WTAE TV's very own Mike Clark & Elena LaQuatra, had supporters dancing all night to Studio E's 11-piece Protégé band.

"We are beyond grateful for the amazing support we've received from the community for this year's Kidney Gift of Life Gala," said Erin Tuladzieck, Executive Director. "Our organization is just so inspired by our patients, supporters and volunteers every day that we are truly honored to be CELEBRATING LIFE with the many individuals and corporations who support this special evening!" The 2016 Kidney Gift of Life Gala is the largest Gala to date, raising $220,000!

Click Here to view photos from this event.

Join us next year for as we celebrate the Kidney Gift of Life Gala 2017!

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 Cherie Peters at (800) 261-4115 x12.

If you are interested in volunteering to provide Your Kidneys & You presentations, please contact Cherie Peters at (800) 261-4115 x12 to arrange a training session.

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!


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Join Hands With the NKF to Help the 26 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!

Patient & Family Services

Patient Information Packets - Free information packets are available for patients and their families. Contact Cherie Peters at (800) 261-4115 x12 to request a packet to be sent to your home. Packets available include:

  • 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 x12.

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 (add link to http://nkf.worksmartsuite.com/UserContentStart.aspx). Many of these brochures are also available through your local office by contacting Cherie Peters at (800) 261-4115 x12.

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 x12.

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 2014-2015 Annual Corporate Partners:

Liberty Insurance AgencyFirst National Bank