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2020 Santé – A Taste of Baltimore

Join us for an evening filled with great food and drinks on World Kidney Day!

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. To date some of the participating vendors include Hotel Revival, Natasha’s Just Brittle, Roy’s, Rusty Scupper, Sobo Cafe, Sandy Bottom Sparkling Rum Cocktails, Boordy Vineyards 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.

Reserve your ticket today!

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 www.kidneymd.org or call Pattie Dash, Executive Director or Kristin Brooks, Development Director, at 410.494.8545.

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.

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.

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 www.kidney.org.

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

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

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.

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

Thank you Umbrella Syndicateclick here to view photos from the event. 
Thank you Kofi Andoh, Photographer and/or &Flicks Photography – click here to view photos from the 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!

The Big Ask: The Big Give

In partnership with the University of Maryland Transplant Center
November 10, 2019 – Registration and Lunch Begins at NOON!

THE BIG ASK: THE BIG GIVE – A FREE Workshop on Living Kidney Donation

Do you have end-stage renal disease? Are you in need of a kidney transplant or know someone who does? Or have you considered becoming a living donor?

We can help! The University of Maryland Transplant Center has performes numerous living donor kidney transplants annually. Come join us for this interactive workshop where we will provide valuable information and advice on the best, most effective strategies for finding a living kidney donor.

This free 4-hour workshop will teach kidney patients, families, and friends how to:
• Find a living kidney donor
• Educate family and friends about living donor kidney transplant
• Tell your story through social media and other channels

Visit our website for more information. To register for this event visit click here today! Registration and lunch begins at NOON!

For more information about living donation click here.

Take Action for Kidney Patients

It’s easy to make a difference! Sign up now to learn how to get involved with legislation relating to kidney disease, transplantation and organ donation.

Join Our Effort!

Join our network of advocates to make a difference for kidney patients. You can influence public policy relating to kidney health, organ donation, and transplantation though simple activities like emailing, calling or tweeting your legislators. These campaigns require the participation of dedicated volunteers who want share their story in order to make change happen in government and across the nation. We’ll show you how – just sign up to be an advocate and we will send you the materials to allow you quick, easy ways to have an impact! Sign up today!

President Trump Announces Bold Vision for Transforming Kidney Care

New York, NY, July 10, 2019-Today President Trump announced a bold vision for transforming kidney care for the estimated 37 million Americans affected by kidney disease. During a speech at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center attended by National Kidney Foundation (NKF) volunteers, patients, care partners and leadership, government officials and other kidney organizations, the President laid out the Administration’s detailed plan to help increase living organ donationdeceased organ donation, increase earlier detection and earlier care of chronic kidney disease (CKD), and increase incentives to develop new and cutting-edge treatments for kidney disease, including advancing home dialysis.

“The Administration’s commitment to charting a new course for kidney health will help revolutionize transplantation and dialysis and advance new innovations, therapies and treatments which patients everywhere have been waiting on for far too long,” said Kevin Longino, CEO of National Kidney Foundation and a kidney transplant patient. “Kidney care is, for the first time in decades, experiencing a renaissance that can transform the lives of millions of Americans while also saving taxpayers billions of dollars. NKF is grateful to the Administration and our bi-partisan Congressional champions who are elevating kidney disease as a national priority.”

In January, 2019, NKF released a comprehensive path forward for increasing kidney transplantation which included many of the key aspects the President announced in his speech today. In the plan, NKF outlined necessary steps to expand financial assistance offered to living organ donors to cover all expenses related to organ donation, align Medicare and Medicaid Reimbursement to healthcare providers to ensure earlier treatment and care for CKD patients, implement a demonstration program at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation that would take a patient-centered approach to testing changes in payment and care delivery, permanently extend Medicare coverage of immunosuppressive drugs for kidney transplant recipients, reduce the discard of kidneys that could be used to provide better outcomes and quality of life for patients, and make key improvements to organ procurement organization (OPO) procedures.

“The time is now for the entire kidney community to embrace the momentum of today’s announcement, work with the Administration and Congress to advance policies which can significantly benefit kidney patients and their families, and together change the current trajectory of kidney care,” said Holly Kramer, MD, MPH, President of National Kidney Foundation.

In the United States, 37 million adults are estimated to have chronic kidney disease (CKD) – and most aren’t aware of it. 1 in 3 American adults is at risk for CKD. Risk factors for kidney disease include diabeteshigh blood pressureheart diseaseobesity, a family history of kidney failure, and being age 60 or older. People of African American, Hispanic, Native-American, Asian or Pacific Islander descent are at increased risk for developing the disease. African Americans are about 3 times more likely than Whites to develop end-stage kidney disease (ESKD or kidney failure). Compared to non-Hispanics, Hispanics are almost 1.3 times more likely to receive a diagnosis of kidney failure.

More than 726,000 Americans have irreversible kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease (ESRD), and need dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive. More than 500,000 of these patients receive dialysis at least three times per week to replace kidney function. Nearly 100,000 Americans are on the waitlist for a kidney transplant right now. Depending on where a patient lives, the average wait time for a kidney transplant can be upwards of three to seven years. Living organ donation not only saves lives, it saves money. Each year, Medicare spends approximately $89,000 per dialysis patient and less than half, $35,000, for a transplant patient.

About National Kidney Foundation Living Organ Donation Resources:

THE BIG ASK: THE BIG GIVE platform, which provides nationwide outreach, is designed to increase kidney transplantation through training and tools that help patients and families find a living donor. It includes direct patient and caregiver support through our toll-free help line 855-NKF-CARES, peer mentoring from a fellow kidney patient or a living donor, online communities, an advocacy campaign to remove barriers to donation, and a multi-media public awareness campaign. All resources are free and designed to teach kidney patients, or their advocates, how to make a “big ask” to their friends, loved ones, or community to consider making a “big give,” a living organ donation.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 about NKF visit www.kidney.org.

Join Us for the Greater Baltimore Walk Kick-Off Event

Join us on Tuesday, July 16th between 4:00pm and 8:00pm for our Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk Kick-Off events happening at various Greene Turtle locations:

Participating Greene Turtle locations: Columbia, Fells Point and Owings Mills

Please print or show the Greene Turtle Invitation for your location at the event and we will receive 20% of your bill towards walk fundraising!

Download Invitation

See below to download the invitation by location. 

Americans with CKD Now at 37 Million

Updated Kidney Disease: The Basics Fact Sheet Now Online, Americans with CKD Now at 37 Million 

The number of American adults who have chronic kidney disease is now estimated to be 37 million – that’s one out of every seven or 15 percent of the adult population – according to the latest data analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The higher estimate in the number of Americans affected by chronic kidney disease, versus statistics reported in previous years, is due to several factors, including differences in study time frames, methodologies and populations, as well as an aging population and increased prevalence of risk factors such as diabetes and hypertension.

National Kidney Foundation Partnering with Orchard Hill Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center – Renal Support Group

Chronic Kidney Disease Management Program

Towson Skilled Nursing Facility Partners with NKFMDDE for Monthly Support Group Meetings

Orchard Hill Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, a Marquis Health Services member located in Towson, has launched a chronic kidney disease (CKD) management program, naming board-certified nephrologist Dr. Kamal Sewaralthahab, MD, NEP, FASN as its director. As a central component of the new program, Orchard Hill is partnering with the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware (NKFMDDE) to host monthly support group meetings for those living with CKD, their families and caregivers.

“Our specialized CKD program and partnership with the National Kidney Foundation aim to address an immediate need here in the Baltimore area,” said Norman Rokeach, Marquis’ chief executive officer. “We are committed to creating a center of skilled nursing and healthcare excellence here at Orchard Hill and are pleased to welcome Dr. Sewaralthahab, one of the area’s most well-respected nephrologists, to lead this new initiative.” “We are proud to partner with Orchard Hill Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center to bring education along with resources, services and support to patients at the facility and our community,” said Pattie Dash, NKFMDDE’s executive director. “We believe that one of the best ways to serve is to invest in our community to help raise awareness for the prevention and treatment of kidney disease.”

Monthly CKD Support Group is Open to the Public

Orchard Hill’s CKD support group meetings will be held on the third Thursday of the month. Free and open to the public, they will take place at the skilled nursing facility, 111 West Rd., Towson Md. 21204. NKFMDDE will bring in speakers to address a range of key concerns. Each meeting will include a dietitian providing nutrition information. Participants will then have a general discussion, getting tips and advice from one another on managing CKD. For a schedule or to register, visit NKFMDDE’s Facebook page.


Thank you Orchard Hill for your support and dedication to OUR community!