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Congressional Awards Reception

Congressional Awards Reception

From March 5-7, NKF hosts more than 100 kidney advocates on Capitol Hill to remind legislators that kidney disease is a national healthcare priority and growing public health crisis for our 5th Annual Kidney Patient Summit. The Summit is an excellent way to start National Kidney Month off strong.

In conjunction with the Summit, we'll be hosting our first ever World Kidney Day Congressional Reception on March 6th at the Reserve Officers Association from 6-7:30pm. We will be joined by special guest Angelica Hale, NKF's Kid Ambassador, kidney recipient, and "America's Got Talent" finalist as she lends a unique voice to kidney advocacy. Honoree invitations have been sent to Representatives Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), George Holding (R-NC), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), and Linda Sánchez (D-CA) for their work on the Landmark Early Detection Bill (HR 3867).

Sponsorships range from $500-$20,000; please contact Jaime Ritacco at Jaime.ritacco@kidney.org for sponsorship inquiries. For more information, visit the event site here.

Announcing the Second Annual National Kidney Foundation Honors

Second Annual National Kidney Foundation Honors

We invite you to join us as we honor those who have been outstanding advocates in the fight against kidney disease in Virginia.

The Second Annual National Kidney Foundation Honors Awards will take place on World Kidney Day, Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the beautiful and traditional John Marshall Ballrooms. The dollars raised from this event support kidney disease and transplant patients through research, early detection screenings and public and professional education programs.

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For more information, contact Dana Brown at Dana.Brown@kidney.org or 804.288.8342 ext. 724.

Organ Donation Awareness Takes Center Court

Wizards Organ Donation Awareness Tournament

The 4th Annual Wizards Organ Donation Awareness Tournament took place this past Saturday at the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. Eight teams competed on the Wizards' home court to bring home the gold in this 3-on-3 basketball tournament. After many hard-fought games, the finals came down to Team Virginia of the Transplant Games of America and Howard University Hospital. The teams were evenly matched, but Howard came away with the gold—congrats Team Howard!

The event program featured NKF/NCA Executive Director Michele Anthony, NKF/NCA Board Chair and kidney transplant recipient Manish Agarwal, and current NKF Fellow and kidney donor Dave Sultzer. These speakers offered reminders of why it is so important to raise awareness for organ donation and how it changes lives for the better. For more information on kidney transplantation and donation, visit this link.

Tournament attendees stayed for the night's Wizards game against the Brooklyn Nets, when the Wiz emerged victorious in overtime. The NKF was recognized with a halftime presentation on the court, and our organ donation PSA aired three times on the jumbotron, bringing much needed attention to chronic kidney disease. We offer a special thank you to our sponsors Attain LLC, EagleBank, Howard University Hospital, Punch Digital Strategies, and Washington Regional Transplant Community. Click here for photos from the event!

If you are interested in sponsoring or attending the Congressional Awards Reception, please contact Jaime Ritacco.

Beyond Dialysis Patient Conference

Beyond Dialysis Patient Conference

The 2018 Beyond Dialysis Patient Conference will be held on March 25th from 11:30am-4:30pm at the DoubleTree Hotel in Columbia, Maryland. This year we will be partnering with the NKF of Maryland to make the event more accessible to a greater number of attendees. The conference is an empowering education program for kidney patients and their caregivers. Through presentations from the area's top specialists, attendees will receive vital information about ESRD, transplantation, renal nutrition and a number of other topics.

Registration is free but limited and each patient may bring one guest. Contact Shae McKim to register.

Team Kidney Lets You Fundraise YOUR Way

Team Kidney

Team Kidney is about what inspires YOU to become a part of the National Kidney Foundation’s coast-to-coast community mobilizing against kidney disease. Celebrate an anniversary, honor a loved one, or push yourself with a 10K — the possibilities are endless when you’re determined to raise funds and hope for the 30 million Americans battling kidney disease.

How it works:

Challenge Yourself: Run, ride, or compete in support of the National Kidney Foundation.

Honor Someone: Create a fundraising page in honor of a kidney patient, organ donor, kidney transplant recipient, or in memory of a loved one.

Celebrate Milestones: Raise funds in honor of your birthday, transplant anniversary, wedding or any other celebration! Mark the occasion with Team Kidney.

Get Creative: Create your own unique fundraising event, from bowling tournaments to auctions to ice cream socials. All creative ideas are welcome!

Sign up at goteamkidney.org

The Big Ask, The Big Give

A conversation can save a life.

Often the hardest part for someone with kidney failure is asking a loved one or friend to become a donor. Whether you need a kidney or are considering donation, let us help you start the conversation. Living donation makes better lives possible. Find out more

We will be hosting our first BABG workshop with George Washington University Hospital on March 3rd for National Kidney Month. For more information on our BABG workshop, contact Shae McKim.

Local Patient Services

Inova Transplant Center offers Kidney Transplant Education every 1st Thursday and 2nd Monday of the month at 11:00am. Please reach out to Nikki Gage at Inova at 703-776-3281 or click here to learn more.

Medstar has a kidney patient support group every 2nd Thursday of the month at Washington Hospital Center's Physicians' Office Building (Suite 215) at 6:30pm. This is open to everyone. You can be a patient at any hospital, any dialysis clinic, any stage of kidney disease, pre- or post-transplant. All are welcome. To learn more, call 202-877-3259.

GWUH Screenings: NKF/NCA and George Washington University Hospital have teamed up to give two kidney health screenings per month for DC Metro area residents. Upcoming screenings will be conducted at the Ron & Joy Paul Kidney Center on February 6 and 22. Please contact Shae McKim for more details at shae.mckim@kidney.org.

Your Kidneys & You

Public Education Program

Do you need someone to speak to your group about kidney disease? Contact us to see how we can help you.

Do you have a kidney experience you want to share? Become a volunteer presenter and help us get the word out about these important topics. More Information.

To request an event, use this form.

Donate Your Car

Kidney Cars

Every single day, the Kidney Car program receives over 100 car donations. In fact, our car donation program is one of the oldest and largest used charity car programs in the country. Kidney Cars has been in operation since 1983, and during that time over 685,000 people have donated their car, truck or boat to the National Kidney Foundation's vehicle donation program. Help save lives by donating today.

KEEP Healthy - Free Kidney Health Check

The National Kidney Foundation's community-based initiative to educate about the kidneys, risk factors for kidney disease, and steps to take to keep kidneys healthy and reduce risk.

Check-up includes: risk survey, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure check, free educational materials, and opportunity to speak with a health care professional. More Information

To request an event, use this form and submit to Shae McKim. To request an event from the Virginia office, please contact Megan Boyd.

Become a Volunteer!

NKF has many volunteer opportunities available for those who would like to get involved and lend a hand. For the National Capital Area, contact Shae McKim at (202) 244-7900 ext 712.

For Virginia call (804) 288-8342 or email Megan Boyd

Register for upcoming events on our VolunteerMatch websites:
DC   |   VA

Request an Event

The National Kidney Foundation offers many different programs. We can send a speaker to present "Your Kidneys and You", host a public health screening with our KEEP Healthy program, attend your health fair, and conduct professional education programs for CME credit for your medical association, practice, or hospital.

Our programs are great for your place of employment, house of worship, community center, clinical settings, college and many others.

If you have any questions, please contact Shae McKim at (202) 244-7900 ext 712.

To request an event, use this form and submit to Shae McKim.

If you have any questions for the Virginia office, please contact Megan Boyd at (804) 288-8342 ext 723.
To request an event from the Virginia office, please contact Megan Boyd.