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“Lessons in Dialysis: A Conference for Dialysis Technicians”

“Lessons in Dialysis:
A Conference for Dialysis Technicians”

Date:  To Be Announced

Location: Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
5505 Hopkins Bayview Circle, Baltimore MD 21224

Registration: 7 am to 8 am. Courses begin promptly at 8 am and run until 11 am.

Professional Education Sessions
Dialysis Access Management
Understanding Hepatitis Testing/Management in the Dialysis Unit
Common Infection Control Problems

Questions: Please contact the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland at 410.494.8545 or email info@kidneymd.org for more information.

NOTE: Pre-registration is required. This conference is for Dialysis Technicians only.

Conference presented by the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland and the Maryland Commission on Kidney Disease.

This activity has been submitted to American Nephrology Nurses’ Association for approval to award contact hours.  American Nephrology Nurses Association – Approver is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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

Southern Delaware Walk – April 30, 2017

Southern Delaware Walk

C’mon! Be a part of a community of 85,000 individuals at more than 100 Kidney Walks who share a determination to end kidney disease.

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.

April 30, 2017

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

Check-In Time 10 a.m.
Walk Starts at 11 a.m.

Nicole Scharf |nscharf@kidneymd.org |
410.726.8732

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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Salisbury Walk – Spring 2017

Salisbury Walk

C’mon! Be a part of a community of 85,000 individuals at more than 100 Kidney Walks who share a determination to end kidney disease.

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.

May 7, 2017

Winterplace Park
6737 Blue Ribbon Road
Salisbury, MD 21804

Check-in time 9 a.m.
Walk starts at 10 a.m.

For more information contact:
Nicole Scharf |nscharf@kidneymd.org |
410.726.8732

Thank you Sponsors!

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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!

Greater Baltimore Walk – Spring 2017

Greater Baltimore Walk

C’mon! Be a part of a community of 85,000 individuals at more than 100 Kidney Walks who share a determination to end kidney disease.

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.

April 30, 2017


NEW LOCATION – JOIN US at UMBC
1000 Hilltop Circle – Lot 22
Baltimore, MD 21250

Check-in Time 9 am
Walk Starts at 10 am

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the
Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk – JOIN US!

For more information contact:
Jessica Quintilian| jquintilian@kidneymd.org |
Doreen Lucadamo| dlucadamo@kidneymd.org |
410.494.8545

We Love Our Sponsors!


 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

George Franklin’s 40th Anniversary of Receiving Kidney Transplant – March 3, 2016

georgeIn Honor of Mr. George Franklin, 40 Year Kidney Transplant Survivor

You are cordially invited to join the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland to celebrate 40 years of LIFE with George Franklin.

Enjoy networking, great food and wine, hear inspirational mission stories, network with others and make an impact by support our “Fund the Mission” live auction.

George Franklin shares:
“I am unbelievably grateful. I feel great! I never expected to live to 30 let alone 61 years of age. Today, I’m 61, but parts of me are 75 thanks to a kidney transplant donor.”

At the age of 61, George Franklin is the second longest surviving African American with a transplant in the nation, and he is THE longest surviving African American transplant recipient in the state of Maryland. He received a kidney on November 4, 1975, from a 34-year-old female who died in an automobile accident. At the time he was only 21.

WHAT: A reception to honor and celebrate George Franklin’s 40th anniversary of receiving his kidney transplant! George was transplanted November 4th, 1975, at the George Washington University Medical Center and is the second longest surviving African American with a transplant in the nation! He is THE longest surviving African American in the State of Maryland.

WHEN:
Thursday, March 3, 2016

TIME:
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Grand Historic Venue, Baltimore, MD.

COST: $75 per ticket
Sponsorship opportunities available, for more information contact Pattie Dash, Vice President of Mission Advancement at pdash@kidneymd.org.

6:00 – 7:30 pm: Networking/Cocktail hour, drinks and food from local Baltimore restaurants will be offered.
7:30 – 8:15 pm: Program
8:15 pm – 8:45 pm:  Fund the Mission Live Auction
8:45 pm – 8:50 pm:  Closing Remarks
9:00 p.m. – Event Concludes


$ 75
Personal Info

Donation Total: $75

The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.

We are pleased to host a very special event in honor of George Franklin, a 40 year kidney transplant survivor. The event begins at 6 pm with a network and cocktail hour with drinks and food provided by local Baltimore restaurants.  The event will feature a “Fund the Mission” Live Auction.

For more information about the event please contact Pattie Dash, Vice President of Mission Advancement at pdash@kidneymd.org or call 443.322.0378.