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Welcome to the 2018 Rappel for Kidney Health!

Do you want to make an impact on kidney disease in an extraordinary way?  How much more extreme can you get than to Rappel for Kidney Health?  Participants are invited to raise pledges in exchange for the once-in-a-lifetime experience to rappel down the side of a 28-story building in Baltimore! Join the NKF-MDDE for this incredible event!


Getting involved is as easy as 1, 2, 3! To register for the event, click on the Event Registration button!


For more information visit our Rappel for Kidney Health page – Rappel 2018 awaits YOU!

The event this year will be held at Blue Ocean Realty properties located at
201 N. Charles Street, Baltimore. 

Experience the THRILL OF A LIFETIME! Go “over the edge” of one of Maryland’s tallest buildings – a 28-story, 300,000 sq. ft. structure with breathtaking views of the Baltimore skyline and the Inner Harbor.  

You’ll join adventure seekers, kidney patients and loved ones, corporate leaders in the “Toss Your Boss” challenge and others of all ages. 

Individuals and teams will receive their own fundraising webpage to assist in reaching the required $1,000 minimum to participate in the event. Once the money is raised, they will undergo Rappel training, receive an event T-shirt and get a commemorative photo of their Rappel.

Event logistics are organized by Over the Edge, a special events company that provides signature rappel events for non-profit organizations in North America.

Too “chicken” to go over the edge? You can still support the event by making a donation to support a patient  with
chronic kidney disease.

Your donation will afford a patient to participate in the event and you will be listed as a Kidney Advocate Supporter. Go ahead, make a donation and come out the day of the event, we have a Chicken Coop area waiting for you!

 

Through the years, Rappel for Kidney Health has attracted nearly 600 participants and raised over $700,000 to support NKF’s local patient services, education and research efforts.

You can make a major impact on kidney disease in an extraordinary way by participating/supporting this event!  

1. Fundraise to “Go Over the Edge” on Saturday, June 2, 2018!

  • While you seek adventure, the NKF-MDDE seeks a cure for kidney disease!
  • Sign up yourself or start a team!
  • Rappel down the side of a Baltimore building.
  • Rappel times are first come, first served.  Start now to be the first to raise a minimum of $1,000.

What does $1,000 do for the kidney community?

  • 10 participants will fund a research mini-grant at a local hospital
  • 2 participants will fund a kidney health risk assessment for a local community
  • Covers the cost of blood draws for 50 people at a kidney screening
  • Funds 5 patient emergency assistance grants
  • Helps fund part of rent or mortgage for at least 5 patients on dialysis

2. Become an Event Day Volunteer!

  • Are YOU looking for an adventure that doesn’t include rappelling 28 stories?  Feel the excitement of the event as you escort participants to the roof, assist photographers as they capture action shots, work the crowd on the pool desk as participants land, and more!

3.  Join the 2018 Rappel Committee!

  • Whether you have participated in our Rappel event before, or you are looking for fulfil your love of event planning, we welcome your experience and enthusiasm! 

For more information, contact Pattie Dash at 443.322.0377, or pattie.dash@kidney.org.

Thank YOU to Our Sponsors! Photo Galleries – check out the adventure!
View Photos from the 2015 event here.
View Photos from the 2016 event here.

2018 Kidney Walks – C’MON and JOIN US!

C’MON and JOIN US for the 2018 Kidney Walk Season!

Do you or someone you know suffer from chronic kidney disease? You can make a difference – register a team today, join a team, donate – the possibilities are endless and YOU can be part of making the lives of those who suffer better!

We walk for kidney patients, families, and people at risk. At the National Kidney Foundation, people are our mission. Our first job is to find ways to improve and extend as many lives as possible, and your participation means we can continue being a lifeline for all people affected by kidney disease.

C’mon, join other kidney donors, recipients, and their families at a Walk near you to celebrate the gift of life and each other.

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Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk
NEW LOCATION!

We are excited to announce that the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland & Delaware’s 16th Annual Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk has changed to a NEW LOCATION,  JOIN US on Sunday, May 6th at the Weinberg Y at Waverly.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 
The Y at Waverly
900 E 33rd Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

Click here for Directions
For more information – click here!
Check-in Time 9 am
Walk Starts at 10 am

We are SUPER excited – this year marks the 16th anniversary of the Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk! Join us again this year for the Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk!

For more information contact:
Jessica Quintilian| jessica.quintilian@kidney.org |
Jackie Joachim| Jackie.joachim@kidney.org |
410.494.8545

Salisbury Walk

Sunday, May 6, 2018
Winterplace Park
6737 Blue Ribbon Road
Salisbury, MD 21804

Check-in is 9 am
Walk Starts at 10 am

For more information click here or contact:
Nicole Scharf |nicole.scharf@kidney.org |
410.726.8732

Southern Delaware Walk

Sunday, April 29, 2018
Camp Henlopen State Park
15099 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE 19958

Check-in is 10 am
Walk Starts at 11 am

For more information click here or contact:
Nicole Scharf |nicole.scharf@kidney.org |
410.726.8732

Click here for photos of the 2015 Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk.
Click here for photos of the 2015 Salisbury Kidney Walk.
Click here for photos of the 2015 Southern Delaware Kidney Walk.

Visit our Flickr page for 2016 photos!

Southern Delaware Walk – April 29, 2018

2018 Southern Delaware Walk

We walk for kidney patients, families, and people at risk. At the National Kidney Foundation, people are our mission. Our first job is to find ways to improve and extend as many lives as possible, and your participation means we can continue being a lifeline for all people affected by kidney disease.

C’mon, join other kidney donors, recipients, and their families at a Walk near you to celebrate the gift of life and each other.

Kidney Walk is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness of kidney disease and raise funds to support lifesaving programs for patients, their families, and those at risk. Join kidney donors, recipients, patients, and their families to celebrate each other and remember loved ones we’ve lost.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Camp Henlopen State Park
15099 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE 19958

Check-In Time 10 am
Walk Starts at 11 am

For more information on how to register a team or for sponsorship opportunities contact: Nicole Scharf |nicole.scharf@kidney.org410.726.8732

WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS –
THANK YOU! 

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Greater Baltimore Walk – Spring 2018

2018 Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk

We walk for kidney patients, families, and people at risk. At the National Kidney Foundation, people are our mission. Our first job is to find ways to improve and extend as many lives as possible, and your participation means we can continue being a lifeline for all people affected by kidney disease.

C’mon, join other kidney donors, recipients, and their families at a Walk near you to celebrate the gift of life and each other.

Kidney Walk is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness of kidney disease and raise funds to support lifesaving programs for patients, their families, and those at risk. Join kidney donors, recipients, patients, and their families to celebrate each other and remember loved ones we’ve lost.

Sunday, May 6th

NEW LOCATION – JOIN US at the Weinberg Y at Waverly – 33rd Street
900 E. 33rd Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

Check-in Time 9 am
Walk Starts at 10 am

This year marks the 16th anniversary of the Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk – JOIN US!

For more information to register a team contact:
Jessica Quintilian| jessica.quintilian@kidney.org
Jackie JoachimJackie.joachim@kidney.org
410.494.8545

For more information about sponsorship opportunities contact:
Pattie Dash, Executive Director | pattie.dash@kidney.org
410.494.8545

WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS – THANK YOU!


 

 

 

 

 

 

Salisbury Walk – Spring 2018

2018 Salisbury Walk

We walk for kidney patients, families, and people at risk. At the National Kidney Foundation, people are our mission. Our first job is to find ways to improve and extend as many lives as possible, and your participation means we can continue being a lifeline for all people affected by kidney disease.

C’mon, join other kidney donors, recipients, and their families at a Walk near you to celebrate the gift of life and each other.

Kidney Walk is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness of kidney disease and raise funds to support lifesaving programs for patients, their families, and those at risk. Join kidney donors, recipients, patients, and their families to celebrate each other and remember loved ones we’ve lost.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Winterplace Park
6737 Blue Ribbon Road
Salisbury, MD 21804

Check-in time 9 am
Walk starts at 10 am

For more information on how to register a team or for sponsorship opportunities contact: Nicole Scharf |nicole.scharf@kidney.org410.726.8732

WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS –
THANK YOU! 

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NKF launches Heart Your Kidneys Campaign

Heart Your Kidneys (HYK) is our public awareness campaign; as an activist organization, Heart Your Kidneys elevates the kidneys to the status of other vital organs such as the heart.

  • Kidneys are our body’s small, but powerful, chemical factories; working 24/7 to remove waste and keep our blood pressure in check.
  • It only takes two simple tests at your primary care doctor’s office to check for any red flags.
  • Let’s make kidney health part of everyday conversations with the same urgency as heart disease, cancer, or diabetes.

Donate NOW to support those impacted with kidney disease. Your donation will support patient’s right here in your community.

In 1998 I was a physically active father of two without any limitations. As a recent graduate and Natural Resources Officer life was good! Than my life changed – after experiencing unexplained fatigue and swelling I saw my doctor. Blood tests revealed that my kidneys were failing and I was referred to Johns Hopkins. Next, I learned that because of the advanced stage of my renal failure a biopsy would be necessary. As a result I was diagnosed with FSGS – Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, which would require a kidney transplant or I would need to start dialysis to continue to live.

 Dialysis is extremely invasive to the human body but, it prolongs life. My life was drastically changed forever. I began dialysis treatment three days a week for four hours with no end in sight. I felt worst than I had ever felt in my life. This fight was against a bully who is known as a silent killer. This bully is called Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). I was unfamiliar with the precautions, prescriptions and terms I was being told. I just wanted to feel better, my family needed me and I didn’t want to die.

 My routine was no longer routine for me. This Chronic Kidney Disease bully was barging in – it was a dark gloomy and lonely period in my life. I became a social hermit secluding myself from friends, family and anyone that was there before the Kidney Disease bully invaded my life. This Kidney Disease bully took away any life I had or thought about having. I was being bullied physically, emotionally and socially. My wife never gave up on me; she encouraged me not to hibernate from life. I gave in reluctantly all the while still with the CKD bully never far from my every thought. I went to dialysis treatment becoming a self described reserved introvert. I was blessed to have two kidney transplants that lasted a total of 8 years. During that time I did not have to receive dialysis treatment. There was light!

 However, the Kidney Disease bully returned in March 2014. Once again faced with kidney failure I had no choice but to return to dialysis for the 3rd time! This time despite being told I would need a live donor, I refused to be bullied and just exist. My wife and I attend any and all informational seminars and classes. We now bully Kidney Disease together by spreading awareness, giving support, encouraging advocacy and promoting prevention.

By Ray Harris, Kidney Patient and Advocate for Kidney Health

Scientific Session – Coming May 5, 2016!

This annual event features renowned speakers presenting the latest information on diagnosis, treatment and management of kidney disease, dinner and poster sessions highlighting research findings by NKF-MD research grant awardees. Presentations are geared toward the scientific community.

Thank You for Attending Our 2015 Scientific Session!

The event was a great success! We look forward to seeing everyone again in Spring 2016!

Thank you to our Program Sponsors, Johns Hopkins Medicine and Mid-Atlantic Nephrology!
    


Contact Jennifer Greenwell to register today!

B’more Healthy Expo – Save the Date March 19, 2016!

Check out these pictures below from our Kidney Health Risk Assessment at the 2015 B’more Healthy Expo!

March 19, 2016, Baltimore Convention Center (KHRA)
B’More Healthy Expo
1 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Renal Rounds

NKF-MD hosts two Renal Rounds annually for nephrologists and medical professionals. These events feature presentations and lively discussions of interesting renal pathology cases, discussed by a local renal pathologist.