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Kidney disease–trying to get noticed!

The numbers overall are pretty shocking. 

  • 37 million adults in the US have chronic kidney disease
  • 1 in 7 adults with chronic kidney disease
  • Almost 100, 000 people are on the waitlist for a kidney transplant
  • Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death

The most shocking part though is that many people are not aware of the potential risk of kidney disease and miss the opportunity to be screened and treated early before they ever develop end stage kidney disease where the treatment options are dialysis or transplantation.   Beyond the medical complications of kidney disease, there is an increased rate of cardiovascular complications.  Considering the prevalence of diabetes and hypertension, the two most common causes of kidney disease, it is surprising that kidney disease is not talked about more. The fact that most people are asymptomatic early on in their course helps lessen the concern. The newest statistic might be the one that gets your attention. 

  • 1 in 3 have a lifetime risk of having kidney disease. 

1 in 3 is not a small number that can be easily ignored.  It is harder to say that is something rare and something that you don’t need to be worried about.  Knowing your risk of kidney disease and working on managing the risk factors for progression early on can change the course of kidney disease. 

So where do we start. Start with are you at risk.  It starts with a simple quiz.

Armed with that information, you can have a discussion with your primary care physician and the simple testing to screen you for kidney disease.  Knowing this information earlier is invaluable.  Of the 37 million adults with kidney disease, the majority are the early stages and have an opportunity to slow down changes in the kidney function.  While you and your primary care provider will come up with a plan individualized to your health history and lab work, there are some general things you can start.

To keep your kidneys healthy:

  • Watch you’re the salt (sodium) in your diet to about 2000mg per day
    • Limit the processed foods
    • Daily exercise such as walking for about 30 minutes per day
    • Keep a healthy way
    • Blood pressure control
    • Blood sugar control
    • Not smoking
  • 1 in 3 have a lifetime risk of having kidney disease. 

Are you in that 33% of people with kidney disease?

2020 Santé– A Taste of Baltimore – IMPORTANT MESSAGE

Greetings Valued Supporter,

I’m writing to you today with an important update. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and the need to take appropriate precautions to protect those most at risk. Your health and safety are our priority.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults and people with kidney disease or other chronic conditions are at greater risk of experiencing serious Coronavirus illness. It is especially important for patients to take preventive measures aimed at reducing the likelihood of exposure. This includes avoiding crowds and public spaces.

Here in Baltimore, our 2020 Santé– A Taste of Baltimore scheduled for tomorrow March 12, 2020 is postponed.  We are working to secure a date in June and will share that as soon as it is finalized. We will be honoring all sponsorships and registrations at the rescheduled event.

We believe this decision, though not ideal, is in the best interest of the entire kidney community and is necessary to protect the patients and families at the heart of our organization’s mission. Please accept our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thank you for your understanding, generosity and support. Please contact me with any questions. Your support is improving the lives of kidney patients and their families in our community and across the country. Please read our kidney patient preparedness guide to reducing your Coronavirus risk.

Each of your guests that we received emails for will receive this communication shortly. You are welcome to forward this to your guests in the meantime just to ensure we have everyone included.

Thank you for your dedication and support! Without YOU we could not possibly make our Mission a reality in our community. As soon as we have a new date we will communicate with you immediately.

Boxing Champ Demond Nicholson Named NKF Celebrity Ambassador; Will Appear at Santé Fundraiser, Mar. 12

Twenty-six-year-old athlete from Laurel almost died last year from kidney failure

LUTHERVILLE, Md. (Feb. 11, 2020) – The National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware (NKFMDDE) announces that professional boxer, Demond “DBestAtIt” Nicholson will serve as a celebrity ambassador for the Foundation.

With a 22 Win- 3 Loss-1 Draw record, Nicholson is passionate about being a voice for those who are still fighting and for those who have lost their battle with kidney disease.

“At age 26 my life was altered due to kidney failure and I could have died. This undoubtedly proves that there is no age discretion when it applies to maintaining kidney health,” says Nicholson (Twitter: NicholsonNicholson, Instagram: Nicholson Nicholson, Facebook: Nicholson Dbestatit Nicholson Sr).

“I believe by sharing my story and partnering with the Kidney Foundation, I can raise awareness and stress the importance of maintaining kidney health,” he adds. “Change and awareness is my purpose and it is my privilege to be an advocate for the National Kidney Foundation.”

On May 10, 2019, Nicholson weighed in for his fight on the Hurd/Williams boxing card on Showtime in Arlington Va.One hour later, he felt extremely ill, had problems breathing and could not walk.Nicholson was immediately picked up, carried down 10 flights of steps and rushed to Nova Hospital.

Upon arriving, Nicholson was given a catheter while undergoing multiple tests. Doctors confirmed that his kidneys were shutting down and said that if he had gone to sleep that he would have died. Nicholson was put on dialysis immediately and spent several weeks in the hospital. While on outpatient dialysis for two months, his body went through several transitions. His normal weight was 180lbs but inflated to 230lbs. Doctors said that he may never fight again or if he did it would be over a year’s time.

Through prayer, strength and support Nicholson made his appearance back to the ring October 18, 2019. He fought 10 competitive rounds and won by decision. The Laurel resident has changed his eating habits and training regimen and has doctor’s appointments every three months to monitor his progress.

Boxing Background

Nicholson trains out of Upton Boxing gym in Baltimore under the guidance of Coach Calvin Ford, Kenny Ellis and Russ Blakey. The Laurel High School graduate started boxing at 6 years old. After an amateur boxing record of 112-15, he was chosen to be an Olympic alternate

In his first professional fight in 2013, he scored a TKO victory over Eli Smith, a three-fight veteran. On March 2017, Nicholson signed with one of the biggest promoters in boxing, Lou Dibella (Dibella Entertainment) and has been featured on ESPN, Showtime Boxing, CBS Sports and Fox Sports. On August 2018 Nicholson defeated Isaac Rodrigues and won the WBC United States Super Middle TitleHis next fight is against Mike Guy, Feb. 28 at Live! Casino & Hotel.

SantéA Taste of Baltimore EventJoin us at the event and meet Demond!

Nicholson will appear at NKFMDDE’s signature fundraiser Santé: A Taste of Baltimore as a celebrity judge and will pose for pictures/sign autographs for guests. Known as the area’s premier food and beverage event, Santé will take place on World Kidney Day, Thursday, Mar. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the American Visionary Art Museum in Downtown Baltimore.

This business casual evening will feature tastings from Baltimore’s best restaurants, caterers and chefs, paired with enticing beverages, as well as celebrity judges and the People’s Choice competition, entertainment, raffles and a silent auction. Proceeds will support NKFMDDE’s local patient emergency assistance program and help fund vital research from the top nephrologists at Johns Hopkins Medicine and University of Maryland Medical Center. For tickets, or call 410.494.8545.

“Fifteen percent of U.S. adults—37 million people—are estimated to have Chronic Kidney Disease. Most (9 in 10) adults with CKD do not know they have it,” said Pattie Dash,executive director of the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware.   

“It is wonderful that Demond Nicholson is putting a face to kidney failure and raising awareness that anyone at any age can be affected,” she added. “We are delighted he will be joining us for Santé, as well as our Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk in October 2020.”

About NKF

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information, visit

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-For Demond Nicholson video footage, click here.
-For interviews with Demond Nicholson or NKF officials, contact Caryn Sagal at or 410.363.9583.

B’More Healthy- March 7th

2020 B’More Healthy Expo — Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Convention Center
March 7, 2020

The 11th annual B’More Healthy Expo will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center, located in the heart of downtown Baltimore near the world-renowned Inner Harbor and historic Little Italy. The Expo is Maryland’s largest health fair, designed to entertain, engage, educate and empower families to take actions and make choices to be more healthy. The event will provide the opportunity for attendees to connect with health and wellness providers and learn about products and services to help them achieve their wellness goals. FOX45/CW will begin an aggressive, market-wide on-air and online attendance promotion four weeks in advance of the expo, which will once again drive a projected 30,000+ Baltimore area attendees to this exciting event.

The National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland & Delaware are pleased to once again be a vendor at this event! Interested in volunteering? Click here to complete the volunteer form. For more information, contact Kristin Brooks.

2020 Santé – A Taste of Baltimore

The National Kidney Foundation has been closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the need to take appropriate precautions to protect those most at risk. As a result, the 2020 Santé– A Taste of Baltimore has been postponed. The Foundation is working to secure a new date and will share that as soon as it is finalized. We will honor all sponsorships and registrations at the rescheduled event.

Sante’ has been postponed.

Join us on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from
6:00pm to 9:00pm at the American Visionary Arts Museum.

Baltimore’s premier food and beverage event is back to benefit the
National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware!

This business casual celebration will feature tastings from 20+ of Baltimore’s best restaurants, caterers and chefs, paired with enticing beverages. Participating Food & Beverage Sponsors include: 16 on the Park, B&O American Brasserie, Black Tie Caterers, Blondie’s Doughnuts, Boordy Vineyards, Celestrial Catering, Farmacy Brewing, GDL Italian by Giada De Laurentilis, Horseshoe’s Pitt Boss Pilsner partnership with Manor Hill Brewing, Little Havana, Lord Baltimore Hotel, McCormick & Schmick’s, Natasha’s Just Brittle, Roy’s, Rusty Scupper, Sagamore Spirit, Sandy Bottom Sparkling Rum Cocktails, Sobo Café, Terra Café, The Grill at Quarterfield Station, The Point- Towson, Urban Oyster, Xquisite Catering and managing caterer, Zeffert & Gold Catering.

Adding to the fun will be celebrity judges, the People’s Choice competition, live entertainment and a silent auction featuring sports memorabilia, dining, entertainment, local art, spa, health and fitness and vacation packages. Guests also can bid on one-of-a-kind experiences and donate to our Mission Moments at the event.

Admission is $100/person or $2,500 for a table of 10. To purchase tickets or sponsor a table or other sponsorship opportunities, vendor participation or auction donation information, visit or call Pattie Dash, Executive Director or Kristin Brooks, Development Director, at 410.494.8545. Reserve your ticket today!

Proceeds will support NKF’s local patient emergency assistance program and help fund vital research from nephrologists at Johns Hopkins Medicine and University of Maryland Medical Center.

Back by popular demand is #WINWIN, guests will have the opportunity to purchase a wine bag with a bottle of Maryland wines that will be paired with a restaurant gift card. Also, some bags will have something special, you won’t want to miss this opportunity. #WINWIN is a donation of $37 per bag in honor of the 37 million people impacted by kidney disease.

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information, visit

Interested in donating an auction item? Contact Alexandria Mills, Development Manager.

Unable to make it to the event? You can still make a difference, support the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland & Delaware’s Patient Emergency Assistance fund.

For sponsorship information, click here to view all of the opportunities. Contact Pattie Dash, Executive Director at or Kristin Brooks, Development Director or call 410.494.8545 for more information.

Take a look at photos from last year’s event!

Check out the photo gallery from the 2018 event.

Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk

THANK YOU to everyone who came out to walk with us on Sunday, October 6th at the Weinberg Y in Waverly. The weather was fantastic and the crowd poured in! We are grateful to every community supporter who had booths in our Mission Tent. Shout out to Keswick, University of Maryland Medical Center, TRIO, Living Legacy and more!

Huge thank you to all of our sponsors who generously supported our event! We are grateful to our National Presenting Sponsorship, Fresenius Medical Care, National Multi-Market Sponsor Azura and Relypsa as well as our local Presenting Sponsor Allmond & Company LLC, local Platinum Sponsor Mid-Atlantic Nephrology Associates, PA, and additional sponsors include: Sponsor Vascular Surgery Associates LLC, Horizon Therapeutics, University of Maryland Medical Center, Alderson Loop, Reli Group, KPMG, AstraZeneca, Kelly Associates and IDF. THANK YOU- two little words that mean a great deal for individuals who suffer with kidney disease! Your support matters! #kidneywalk

Congratulations to our Top Walk Team- Lucy’s 9North Team for raising $8,248, way to go!

Watch for more photos and details from the walk this week! There is still time to donate, help us make our goal of $202,500- we have $20,000 to go!