NKF Serving Northern Ohio

Celebrate A Great Year With Us!

NKF is proud to announce we've had a terrific year of impact and success because of YOUR support through volunteerism, civic engagement and financial support! Read up on our local impact below and how we're being great stewards of your time, talent and treasure.

NKF Serving Northern Ohio 2018 Impact

If you'd like to make a year-end gift, we welcome you to donate online or fill out this form to give today!

Thank you to all the Year-Round Supporters!

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.

Join us on June 2, 2019 Registration is now open! Click Here to Register
Learn more about Partnership Opportunities here.

NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic

Save the date for Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at Firestone Country Club. You can register your foursome today by clicking here. If you are interested in joining the 2019 Golf Classic planning committee, please contact: Katie Dager at 440-985-0114.

Patient Symposium

Patient Symposium Lockup

Patient Symposium is an annual event designed to educate, empower, and engage kidney patients and caregivers. Save the date for October 6, 2019 for next year's event at the Crowne Plaza in Independence. Formal invitations and announcement to follow.

Dining with the Stars

Dining with the Stars

The 4th Annual Dining with the Stars on November 8, 2018 was a success! Thank you to all who contributed to our life-saving mission. Thank you also to John Skory, Dr. Ron Flauto, and Deb and Ed Svercek! Save the date for November 2019!

Renal Rounds

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 @ LockKeepers in Independence, OH.

This program is intended for physicians (all specialties and primary care, including fellows). The program and dinner are complimentary to attendees, but registration is required.

The NKF Medical Advisory Board invite you to join colleagues in the field of Nephrology to discuss the chronic systemic nature of gout and the kidneys’ role in the disease.

Nicolaos Athienites, MD, from Boston, MA, who will lead a discussion on managing gout in CKD patients and treatment options which can ultimately result in better patient care. Seating is limited. To register click here.

Look forward to your presence. If you have questions please contact Anna Tzinis, Executive Director of NKF.

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World Kidney Day

NKF logo beside the logo for Akron Children's Hospital

Thursday, March 14, 2019
National Kidney Foundation + Akron Children’s Hospital

12:30pm- 3:30pm:
During this 3-hour event, volunteers will create thousands of care packages for dialysis patients in Akron. For volunteer opportunities contact Katie.Dager@kidney.org. NKF also needs in-kind donations for these packages. If you or your company can help, contact Katie.Dager@kidney.org. Items include:

  1. Hard Candy
  2. Animal Crackers (in individual packages)
  3. Graham Crackers (in individual packages)
  4. Rice Crispy Treats
  5. Hand Sanitizers or Hand Wipes
  6. Fruit Snacks (in individual packages)
  7. Mints
  8. Toiletries (shampoo, body wash, soaps – in travel size packages)
  9. Entertainment Items (puzzles, crosswords, pencils, notebooks)
  10. Socks, blankets, and other warm items.

4:00pm-6:00pm:
Join legislators, pediatric patients and community leaders for a pediatric focused chronic kidney disease awareness program. Pediatric activities, networking, and food to follow. NKF is also gifting NKF Vermont Teddy Bears to all pediatric patients. To donate a bear to a patient, please make a donation here.

For sponsorship and interest in pediatric support please contact Anna.Tzinis@kidney.org.

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. Click here for more information.

Please contact Anna Tzinis at (440) 241-6780 for more information. Click here for an informational flyer about KEEP Healthy screenings.

Upcoming Events

  • June 22, 2019- Screening at Bedford Heights Family Fun Day. Volunteer signup available: www.volunteersignup.org/X8MXD
  • September 29, 2019 – Screening at Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain. Volunteer signup available: www.volunteersignup.org/TQAKF
  • Junior Board

    Junior Board Lockup

    NKF Serving Northern Ohio is currently accepting applications for its Junior Board! If you or someone you know is interested, please complete an application and return it to Katie Dager

    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.

    Please contact Anna Tzinis at (440) 241-6780 for more information.

    Your Kidneys & You

    Most people don't know anything about their kidneys and how important they are to their health, including the 30 million people who have kidney disease. If caught early, kidney disease can be slowed or even stopped. The NKF offers a free presentation call Your Kidneys & You to educate the community on how the kidneys function, early detection, testing, and prevention.

    The NKF offers "Your Kidneys & You" awareness and education presentations to any group of individuals interested in learning more about kidney disease. The presentation covers risk factors, what kidney disease means, the importance of early detection, and treatment strategies. If your group or organization would be interested in having a "Your Kidneys & You" presentation or receiving more information, please contact Anna Tzinis or call (440) 241-6780.

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    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 (614) 882-6184 ext. 853.

    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