NKF Serving Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey

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Philadelphia Renal Roundtable

Join us on June 26th!

Please join the NKF on Wednesday, June 26th at 6pm at McCormick & Schmick's Philadelphia, PA as Dr. Peter Merkel reviews the pathophysiology of ANCA-Associated Vasculitis and updates on approaches to treatment.

 

 Following the presentation, Dr. Abdallah Geara will moderate a discussion on local patient cases, featuring presentations by fellows.

 

Questions? Contact Emily.Sztenderowicz@kidney.org

2024 Kidney Walks

Registration is now open for our Philadelphia and New Jersey Kidney Walks!

 

Join us on September 29th, 2024 for our New Jersey Kidney Walk at Hamilton Veterans Park. On October 27th, join us for our Philadelphia Kidney Walk at our new location, the Philadelphia Navy Yard!

 

Register your team today through the links below!

 

Questions? Contact Kelly.Antczak@kidney.org

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NKF Golf Classic at Arcola Country Club

The road to Pebble Beach starts at Arcola Country Club in Paramus, NJ on May 22! The National Kidney Foundation Golf Classic is the nation’s Premier Amateur Golf Event for Charity. Put together a team of your regular foursome, or entertain clients, and get ready to play at the prestigious Arcola County Club for chance for an invite to National Finals at the Pebble Beach Resorts.

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2024 Honors Awards Reception

Celebrate World Kidney Month!

Thank you to all of our attendees for coming to our 2024 Honors Awards Reception! It was a great night celebrating our honorees and celebrating life-changing breakthroughs to treat and prevent kidney disease. We can't wait to see all of you in 2025!

Get Involved with NKF!

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Volunteer for NKF

Want to make a difference in the kidney community all year long? Click the button below to fill out our volunteer interest form.

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What’s your story?

We want to hear about your unique experience with a kidney transplant, living donation, or kidney disease. Your story may be the one that gives someone hope.

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PANJ’s Featured Kidney Story

Lauren became a living donor in 2014 after hearing about living organ donation on the news. When reading about living kidney donation online, she found a Facebook page with stories of people who needed transplants. As soon as she realized she could help someone that needed a transplant, she never had a second thought! She called UPenn, signed up for a donor information session, and 7 months later, she was donating her kidney! She started a donor chain where four people got kidneys the day she donated hers. Later on, she was able to meet her recipient and his wife, who also became a living donor, and they even came to her wedding a few years later! One important takeaway Lauren had was that even though she donated her kidney, she actually was the one who received. She got to meet so many amazing people in the process and is proud to be a part of an awesome community!

Professional Education

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17th Annual Mid-Atlantic Kidney Boot Camp

Save the date for July 2-3, 2024 for our two-day, non-CME symposium is designed to provide new fellows at Mid-Atlantic training programs the background they need to start their fellowship and gain an immediate understanding of the disease states they are likely to encounter in nephrology.

Course Directors

  • Mary Ann Lim, MD; University of Pennsylvania
  • Sumithra Nalla, MD; Temple University
  • Anju Yadav, MD; Thomas Jefferson University
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Renal Roundtable Programs

A Renal Roundtable is a professional education program featuring a presentation by leader(s) in the medical field and an opportunity for questions and networking. Renal Roundtables are free, non-accredited programs intended for healthcare professionals, specifically physicians and advanced practitioners.

 

April 2024

  • Update on CKD-MBD: Innovative Therapies & Current Treatment Guidelines.

 

June 2024

  • Update on ANCA- Associated Vasculitis 
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Join Our Medical Advisory Board

Local Medical Advisory Boards (MAB) are made up of physicians and other health professionals to guide the local NKF’s patient, professional, and public education programs.  The MAB is an integral part of the NKF, serving to providing medical oversight, support, and volunteer services to the community. 

 

Interested in getting involved? For more information contact:

 

Eastern Pennsylvania

Marielle.VanThuyne@Kidney.org

 

New Jersey

Barbara.Ortiz@kidney.org

Resources for Patients

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Patient Webinar: Living Well with CKD

Thank you for joining us on World Kidney Day, for our patient webinar. This program, was lead by physicians, reviewed what chronic kidney disease is, and ways to optimize your health.

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Living Well on Dialysis Webinar

Thank you to everyone who joined us to review what ESKD is, how to manage your CKD and optimize your health while on dialysis, and also review nutritional guidelines for those with CKD/ ESKD. 

 

Stay tuned for more exciting patient webinars!

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Finding a Living Donor Webinar

Thank you for joining our virtual program featuring local transplant professionals, patients, and living donors about their experiences and get the information you need to take the next step on your transplant or living donor journey.

Webinars for Patients

Living Well with Chronic Kidney Disease is a series of webinars designed to empower and educate patients of all levels of CKD, from early stages to those on dialysis or awaiting transplantation and their caregivers. If you missed a live webinar, view past recordings by clicking below.

 

Stay tuned for new content announcements!

Pennsylvania 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 or click the button below for an application.

Have questions about kidney disease? We can help!

Our Patient Information Help Line, NKF Cares, offers support for people affected by kidney disease, organ donation or transplantation. It's designed just for patients, family members and care partners. Speak with a trained specialist who will answer your questions and listen to your concerns. This is available in English and Spanish Monday–Friday, 9am–7pm ET!

¿Tiene preguntas sobre la enfermedad renal? ¡Podemos ayudar!

Nuestra línea de ayuda de información NKF Cares, ofrece apoyo a las personas afectadas por enfermedades renales, donación o trasplante de órganos. Está diseñado solo para pacientes, familiares y sus cuidadores. Hable con un especialista que responderá sus preguntas y escuchará sus inquietudes. Esto está disponible en inglés y español de lunes a viernes de 9am a 7pm, hora del este.

Follow us on Social Media @nkfpanj!

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The Securing the U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network Act

The Securing U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) Act was signed into law! This Act aims to improve the transplant system in the United States. It focuses on promoting innovation, transparency, and accountability to enhance equity and access to transplantation for all Americans. The Act also seeks to modernize donor-recipient matching technology, create an efficient system for maximum organ transplantation, and save lives by strengthening governance, data collection, reporting, and patient decision-making. It addresses disparities in kidney transplantation, particularly in communities of color, where patients often face longer wait times and reduced access to transplant options due to various barriers, including awareness and distrust in the medical system.

Team Kidney & DIY Fundraising

If our scheduled fundraisers aren’t what you’re looking for, then create your own event to raise funds and hope with Team Kidney.

 

From celebrating transplant anniversaries, honoring a loved one, to bake sales and bowling tournaments, to pushing yourself with a 10K or E-Sports — the fundraising possibilities are endless. 

 

For questions, contact our Development Manager, Wendy Benedict, at Wendy.Benedict@kidney.org

Advocacy

In 2021 we passed the Living Donor Protection Act in the state of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This bill will ensure that life, long-term care and disability insurers will not discriminate against living organ donors.

 

Thank you to all the volunteers, advocates, living donors and their families who made this happen! 

 

Donate to Fight Against Kidney Disease

You can play a part in supporting kidney patients to lead happy and healthy lives.

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Help support the National Kidney Foundation with your company. Your team can participate in many different ways, such as supporting a kidney walk, participating in professional programs, or organizing a workplace giving campaign. Click the link above for more information.

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Your skills and interests can help build healthier communities, spread the word, and create real change.

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Donate your old car, boat or tractor to help improve the lives of the millions of Americans affected by kidney disease. Call 800.488.2277 or click the link to start.

Local Office

1900 Market St.
Suite 800
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215.923.8611
Toll Free: 800.697.7007
Fax: 215.923.2199

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