NKF Serving Minnesota

The National Kidney Foundation is the leading volunteer-led, nonprofit health organization, dedicated to preventing kidney disease, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.

Kidney Walks

Walk the Kidney Walk!

Kidney disease hasn’t hit pause, and because of you neither will we.

Caring knows no distance; no matter how or where you walk—one simple step can save a life. So, lace up, stretch out and join together at the 2020 Twin Cities Kidney Walk on Saturday, October 10, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed unprecedented threats—especially to the health and safety of kidney disease patients and those who care for them. We need you NOW more than ever. Join us today for our 2020 Kidney Walk Lace Up! Campaign.

2020 Twin Cities Virtual Kidney Walk - October 10, 2020


THE BIG ASK: THE BIG GIVE is a free 4-hour workshop designed to help kidney patients on the waiting list for a transplant find a living donor. Open to kidney patients, family members, friends, and potential living donors, this workshop will provide interactive education about living donation and transplant, and teach the best, most effective strategies and tips for finding a living donor.

Upcoming Events

September 24, 2020
5:00-7:00pm (CST)
Sponsored by CareDx
Register Online

November 8, 2020
1:00pm-3:00pm (CST)
Sponsored by Mayo Clinic Rochester
Register Online

December 8, 2020
5:30pm-7:30pm (CST)
Sponsored by Optum
Register Online

NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic

NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic

Monday, August 24, 2020
Legends Golf Club, Prior Lake, MN

The road to Pebble Beach starts at Legends Golf Club on August 24th! The National Kidney Foundation Konica Minolta Golf Classic is the nation’s Premier Amateur Golf Event for Charity. Each year thousands of golfers from across the country participate in over 30 events across the U.S. for the exciting competition and the chance to earn an invitation to the National Finals at Pebble Beach—while raising over $3.5 million for the NKF. This year’s tournament will follow Minnesota’s most up-to-date safety and social distancing guidelines.

Put together a team of your regular foursome, or entertain clients, and get ready to play at Legends Golf Club in Prior Lake, for an invite to National Finals at the Pebble Beach Resorts. Your team can play in either the Handicap Index Division or the Gross Division, providing you and your guests with a competitive yet social day of golf whether you are a low handicapper or new to the game. The top-3 finishing teams in both the Handicap Index and Gross Divisions from every NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic are invited to compete in the National Finals held at the famed Pebble Beach Resorts.

More Information

2020 Kidney Patient Social Summit

Thank you for attending this year’s Kidney Patient Social Summit! If you were unable to make it to all of the webinars, you can watch the recorded webinars by clicking the link below. If you have any questions, please contact Caitlin Grosshauser.

View Recorded Webinars

Prescription Discount Card

The prescription discount card program benefitting NKF will not only help build awareness of CKD, but will make prescriptions more affordable for people with this life-threatening disease. Each time someone saves money with their prescription discount card benefitting NKF, Watertree Health makes up to a $0.50 donation to the organization—at no cost to the cardholder—to help fund the mission of NKF. The card can save up to 80% on most brand name and generic medications at 60,000 pharmacies nationwide.

Renal Grocery Tours

Do you struggle with managing your CKD diet? In addition to help from your physician and renal dietitian, a grocery store dietitian may be able to help! Coborn's Grocery Stores and Hy-Vee stores have dietitians in many store locations who have worked with NKF to develop shopping guides and grocery store tours for people with kidney disease. Contact your local grocery store dietitian to find out if they offer this service and to schedule your tour today!

Are you a retail dietitian that would like more information on the renal diet? Contact Caitlin Grosshauser (651-636-7300 x421) for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities

We're always looking for new volunteers to help us advance our mission. From helping out around the office, to participating on event planning committees, to helping with community outreach and kidney screenings we have an opportunity for you! Contact Carly Hodes (651-636-7300 x423) to learn more about our volunteer opportunities or click here for upcoming opportunities.

Support Groups

Are you looking for peer support in dealing with CKD? NKF offers mentoring through our NKF PEERs program, and our new online communities for Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Living Donation and Transplant. There are also local support groups in Minnesota that are always welcoming new members.

Twin Cities Support Group
**This group is now meeting virtually. Please contact Laurie Church, Facilitator, for meeting information
Group Meetings are on the 3rd Thursday of every month
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Wilder Center (Amherst H. Wilder Foundation)
451 Lexington Pkwy N
St. Paul, MN 55104
Contact: Laurie Church, Facilitator

Head of Lakes Organ Transplant Support Group
**Due to COVID-19, this group is not meeting at this time. Please check back for more details.
Support Group meets the second TUESDAY of each month.
Miller-Dwan Medical Center
502 E 2nd Street Duluth MN
in Classrooms 2 & 3
7:00 to 9:00pm
Contact: GLENN, TOM, or LYNN
or call 218-879-5758

Caregiver Support Group
**Due to COVID-19, this group is not meeting at this time. Please check back for more details.
Support Group meets every third MONDAY every other month.
555 Park Street, Suite 210 St. Paul MN, 55103
Contact: Marsha Lindquist-Evans, MSW

To post your support group meeting information in our newsletter contact caitlin.grosshauser@kidney.org

Kidney Stories MN Blog

Have you checked out our blog yet. Each month we share stories of people in Minnesota and their connection to kidney disease. www.kidneystoriesmn.org

NKF Cares Help Line

Get help navigating the challenges of kidney disease, organ donation and transplantation.

Toll–free 1.855.NKF.CARES (1.855.653.2273) nkfcares@kidney.org