NKF Serving Minnesota

The National Kidney Foundation, a major voluntary nonprofit health organization, is dedicated to preventing kidney disease, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease and increasing the availability of kidneys for transplantation.

2021 Kidney Patient Social Summit

Sunday, March 14, 2021 from 12pm-3pm CST

This annual event aims to engage, empower, and educate patients and caregivers about kidney disease. Hosted on a Hopin virtual venue platform, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a series of discussions on topics like the latest medical advances, nutrition essentials, wellness care, and mental health associated with kidney disease. Interactive break-out sessions will encourage patients to share their stories and learn from others and network with partners from the safety of their homes.

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2021 Virtual Primary Care Strategies for Kidney Disease CME Series

This series will update providers and other health professionals on best practices and recommendations for caring for patients with chronic kidney disease in the primary care setting. Furthermore, this series will address the health disparities present in patients with chronic kidney disease.

To be added to our Minnesota Professionals list to receive more information regarding this series, please contact Caitlin.Grosshauser@kidney.org

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2021 Un-Gala: A Conversation About Community, Care, & NKF Champions

April 21, 2021, 12:00 PM

We miss you! Join us for a virtual, community-wide conversation as we catch-up, share NKF impact and celebrate champions in our Kidney family. This isn’t your traditional Gala- we can’t wait to see you!

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NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic

NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic

Monday, June 21, 2021
Legends Golf Club, Prior Lake, MN

The road to Pebble Beach starts at Legends Golf Club on June 21, 2021! The NKF 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 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. Register your team today!

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Kidney Walks

Walk the Kidney Walk!

We invite you to walk your way in the 2021 Twin Cities Kidney Walk. LaceUp your walking shoes and join us from the comfort of your home, neighborhood or local park. We may not be able to unite in person, but our different paths share a common goal; together we’ll LaceUp to change lives. Caring knows no distance; no matter how or where you walk—one simple step can change a life. Are you in? Sign Up Today

2021 Twin Cities Virtual Kidney Walk


Finding a Living Donor is a free 2- hour webinar 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.

Stay tuned for more webinar dates in 2021.

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.

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.

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

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