NKF Serving Central Ohio

Kidney Walk

Walk the 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 a walk below.

Central Ohio Virtual Kidney Walk
Sunday, September 20
Opening Ceremony begins at 12:30pm

Interested in sponsoring the Central Ohio Walk? Click Here for sponsorship opportunities.

For more information, please contact Ellie Thien at 614.882.6184 ext.823 or Ellie.Thien@kidney.org.

Virtual Dine-In with the Stars

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Due to the pandemic, our gala formally known as Cooking with the Stars will be held virtually on November 12th at 6:30PM. All guests will be invited to attend from the comfort of their homes as we present a program you do not want to miss!

NKF of Central Ohio has teamed up with The Kitchen whose passion is bringing people together to celebrate and create memories through food. During our VIP hour, a live demo will show step-by-step instructions on how to create a one of a kind meal for guests to enjoy during the program. We’ve invited special celebrities to join the fun and help show off their cooking skills.

To purchase a ticket or table, please visit Dine-In with the Stars.

For more information, please contact Ellie Thien at 614.882.6184 ext.823.

Your Kidneys & You

Many people know little about their kidneys and how important they are to overall health, including the 37 million people who have kidney disease. If caught early, kidney disease can be slowed or even stopped. The NKF offers a free webinar called Your Kidneys & You to educate the community on how the kidneys function, risk factors, early detection, testing, treatment strategies and prevention.

Upcoming Your Kidneys and You Webinars
Tuesday, December 1st, 2020, at 6:00PM EST
Register Online

Saturday, January 9th, 2021, at 11:00AM EST

Thursday, March 18th, 2021, at 12:00 PM EST

Webinar registration opening soon!

For more information, please contact Program Director Antoinette Greene Tubbs or 614.882.6184, ext. 825.

The Big Ask: The Big Give

First Steps to Transplant
Free Virtual Workshop
Saturday, October 24th
11:00AM EST

Register Online

Are you a kidney patient – or a family member or friend of one – that wants to learn more about getting a kidney transplant? Or are you interested in learning more about donating a kidney to someone in need of a transplant?

This program is for you! In this free webinar from the National Kidney Foundation, you will:

  • Learn what’s involved in receiving a kidney transplant
  • Find out what you need to know if you’re thinking about donating a kidney
  • Hear personal stories from kidney transplant recipients and living donors

For more information, please contact Antoinette Greene Tubbs at 614.882.6184, ext. 825.

Virtual Patient Education Series

We may be physically distant but that won’t stop us from gathering together virtually to connect and share. We’ve converted all in-person educational events to a virtual format so that our patients can still stay connected and well informed. Health experts and kidney patients will share information and resources for patients and families. Check back often for more dates that will be added.

Fall dates are coming soon!

Kidney & Transplant Symposium

The Kidney & Transplant Symposium, providing quality education, has been drawing kidney professionals together for over ten years, equipping them with solid tools needed to deliver premium care for patients. Related topics include the latest medical advances and best practices in the treatment and care of kidney disease, dialysis, transplantation, and organ donation to help improve patient outcomes.


Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021
Registration opening soon!

Primary Care Summit

The NKF Primary Care Summit addresses the unique needs of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the primary care setting. This virtual summit will educate primary care providers with the knowledge needed to improve diagnosis and referral strategies for patients with CKD, so that optimal care and treatment plans can be delivered in order to best preserve the patient’s kidney health.


Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021
Registration opening soon!

Patient Education Workshop


Saturday, March 27th, 2021 at 11:00AM EST

Register Online

NKF of Central Ohio Posters

The National Kidney Foundation of Central Ohio teamed up with Nationwide Children’s Hospital pediatric families to create these kidney canvases. Anyone interested in one of these posters, please contact Tisha Reynolds at 614.882.6184 or Tisha.Reynolds@kidney.org.
Designed by Dr. Bill Wilmer and Abby Wilmer

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our office at 614.882.6184. We are always looking for volunteers to help with our special events and programs.

Kidney Cars Car Donation

Kidney Cars Car Donation

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

Donate Clothing and Household Items

Your unwanted, unused, and unneeded clothing and other household items can assist our programs. The National Kidney Foundation Serving Ohio has established a relationship with National Kidney Services, Inc., a Columbus, Ohio for profit corporation. Outsourcing the management of this program to Ohio Thrift Stores has been a part of fundraising efforts since 1988. Customers in the Columbus, Springfield, Dayton, Delaware, Washington Court House, Lancaster and surrounding areas wishing to participate may drop off or schedule a pickup and receive a tax deductible receipt for their useable items. The donations are sold to Ohio Thrift Stores and the proceeds are used to help fund NKF Serving Ohio's programs and services. For more information on the clothing donation program please visit http://nkfpickup.com or contact National Kidney Services at 614.351.2900 or 888-780-0789 (Dayton area residents only).

Additional Patient and Professional Services

New Patient Packets - New Patient Information Packets are made available to all patients who receive treatment for kidney failure at facilities served by the us. Its purpose is to inform patients and their families abut kidney disease and of the variety of resources and activities we provide.

Living Donor Information Packets are made available to anyone who is potentially interested in being a living kidney donor. The packets provide information about the evaluation process for potential donors, the benefits and risk of donation, and where you can find additional information and support. If you're interested in being a living donor and would like information about kidney donation, please contact Marsheen Campbell or call (513) 961-8105 x853.

Educational Literature & Materials – The NKF has a variety of educational brochures and materials geared toward patients in the early stages of kidney disease, dialysis patients, transplant recipients, family supporters, professionals and those who are at risk for kidney disease. Contact us to receive this free literature or view our literature here: NKF Store.

Professional CME/CE Activities – The National Kidney Foundation has been awarded Accreditation with Commendation from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and offers a variety of CME/CE activities with an inter-professional team approach. Click here for more information: CME/CE Activities

Organ & Tissue Donation – Across the nation, citizens have the opportunity to help others by signing up to become organ and tissue donors through state donor registries. Click here to go to Donate Life Ohio for more information and to register to become a life-saving organ donor: Donate Life Ohio