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Last day to give in 2018

12 Days of Giving – The Story of Baby Natalee Our Journey …. Our Fight! My name is Katelyn and I am the mother of a beautiful baby girl, Natalee. I found out that Natalee was missing her right kidney when I went for a gender ultrasound. My doctor ended up sending me to Annapolis to ensure that everything would.....Continue


12 Days of Giving: The Story of Beloved Baltimore Raven’s Fan – Captain Dee-Fense

My Life …. My Story! I was diagnosed with Stage 3 chronic kidney disease (CKD) on January 21, 2009 after getting some routine Lab work completed. The doctors discovered that my Serum Creatinine levels just weren’t right. I had some type of kidney problems when I was very young, but I didn’t’ know exactly what the issues were. The thing.....Continue


12 Days of Giving

The Story of Clark Patterson  “I was a diabetic for 45 years and developed kidney failure. I was on dialysis for almost four years. The doctors would not give me a kidney without a pancreas due to my diabetes. I was on the transplant list for five years. By God’s grace, a donor of a kidney and pancreas became available.....Continue


12 Days of Giving – The Power of Love

12 Days of Giving – Meet the Ferracci’sThe Power of Love Michael Ferracci was placed on Dialysis in 2004 after being sick for many years. Like some men, he admits to not taking the best care of himself but started to get worried after much weight loss and not feeling well. It got to the point where he could not.....Continue


12 Days of Giving: The Story of Adam Klemanski

    12 Days of Giving The Story of Adam Klemanski Adam has had diabetes since he was 12 years old. His kidneys were spilling protein into his urine and he was able to maintain function and keep a close eye on his condition until around 2014. Adam’s kidney function continued to decline, and he started dialysis in February of.....Continue


12 Days of Giving: The Story of Tisha Guthrie

  12 Days of Giving                 The Story of Tisha Guthrie                                               My name is Tisha, I live in Mt. Vernon and I am a transplant recipient. I am a member on.....Continue


12 Days of Giving – Meet Sadie Chadwick-Carter

12 Days of Giving Meet Sadie Chadwick-Carter “I received my transplant on October 22, 2012 from a deceased donor. Prior to receiving my transplant, I was on dialysis for seven years. Today, I am doing well, but going from dialysis to transplant has been a big transition for me. It’s been challenging and has had its ups and downs over the years. I like that.....Continue


12 Days of Giving – Meet Charlotte Rice

Since mid – October, Charlotte has been thriving! She has gained enough weight to be eligible for her Kidney transplant. She is running around everywhere and really starting to talk up a storm in a big girl voice. She amazes us every day. The past few months, her daddy, Wes has been undergoing living donor testing to see if he.....Continue


Share YOUR Story!

Share YOUR Story! Each person affected by kidney disease has a story! We want YOU to share YOURS with us! Everyone’s story is unique, and inspirational. You will never know when your story will touch someone else’s life! Share your story here! For more information contact Jessica Quintilian via email at Jessica.quintilian@kidney.org or call 410.494.8545.         Amari’s.....Continue


Think Globally – ACT Locally! Volunteer with NKF Today!

National & Local Volunteer Opportunities! Become an NKF Peer Mentor Eligibility: CKD Stage 4, Dialysis, Transplant, Living Donor Not eligible: Family member, care partner, parent, children under 18 Online application: https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/peers-application NKF Peers contact: nkfpeers@kidney.org 1-855-653-7337 Kidney Advocate Eligibility: anyone! Online sign up: http://advocacy.kidney.org/become-an-advocate/ Kidney Advocacy Committee Member Eligibility: Kidney patient (any stage), living donor, family members.  Must be an exceptional.....Continue