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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 Serving Maryland and Delaware 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.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Grand Historic Venue, Baltimore, MD.

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

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 Serving Maryland and Delaware 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 or call 443.322.0378.

CEO, Kevin Longino thanks 2015 Kidney Walk Participants

Stationary2015_header_600x240_v2__1_Our CEO, Kevin Longino, wanted to thank you once again with a special video message for your participation in the 2015 Kidney Walk! Did you happen to see him at your local walk? Watch this video and see if he was there.

From all of us at the National Kidney Foundation, thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at a 2016 Kidney Walk! Perhaps you’ll snag a picture with Kevin!

Media / Press Releases

National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware Press Releases

Board member announcements, as well as announcement of the new Vice President of Mission Advancement.

Board of Directors:




Board Members:









Patricia A. Dash, Vice President of Mission Advancement

Weis – Michelle Hall, Manager of Weis Markets in Pasadena, MD

25th Annual Golf Event

Program Media

September 2015  KEY Screenings:

KHRA Screenings:

October KEY Screenings:


March 2016:

B’More Expo – March 19, 2016

National Kidney Month – March 2016

WMDT-TV ran a weekly Good Morning Delmarva segment

Dr. Sumeska Thavarajah, Medical Advisory Board Chair appeared on WBAL-TV

Everyman Theatre Showcases Play in Baltimore

underskinEveryman Theatre in Baltimore is showcasing organ donation and transplantation with a great upcoming play!

“Under the Skin” - By Michael Hollinger - Directed by Vincent M. Lancisi

January 20 – February 21, 2016 - Baltimore/DC Premiere!

“A story that hits home to just about every living, breathing human on earth.” – Philadelphia Weekly

Hot off a sold-out run at the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia, Michael Hollinger’s (Opus, Red Herring) funny and moving new play explore the curious nature of family dynamics and the true meaning of giving a part of yourself away.  It’s all about organ donation and transplantation as it happens so often today.

As part of this partnership, National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware has been asked to supply the theatre with brochures and have information available at the theatre. There will be opportunities for our volunteers to speak about National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware and share their stories about living with kidney disease and receiving a transplant. As part of this partnership, we have been asked to encourage ticket sales to our supporters. 

For each ticket sold using the code KFMD, National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware will receive a donation of $5.00 per ticket.  Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here: Everyman Theatre.

KHRA Program

KHRA – Kidney Health Risk Assessment Program


The National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware (National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware) KHRA screenings (KHRA stands for Kidney Health Risk Assessment) are open to any individual 18 or older who is interested in getting screened for early warning signs of possible kidney problems. Since kidney problems are usually not symptomatic in the early stages, the purpose of the screenings is to identify those individuals who may be at risk for kidney disease and encourage them to follow up with their primary care doctor.

KHRA screenings consist of four stations staffed by volunteers.

Station 1: Signed consent form by the participant and a basic, brief family/personal medical history.

Station 2: Measurement of height, weight and blood pressure;

Station 3: Physician, RNP or PA consult to review the measurements, educate the participant on kidney disease and prevention efforts, and answer any questions the participant may have. Participants without health insurance are given information regarding Federal/State programs.

Station 4: 
KHRA screenings are held throughout the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware service area, which includes all Maryland counties (with the exception of the five D.C. suburbs), the Delmarva Peninsula and seven counties in West Virginia. KHRA screenings are held during the week and on weekends in community settings, such as churches, senior centers, community centers, schools, etc. Most KHRA screenings last 3 – 4 hours and utilize the services of volunteers, who give of their time to spread kidney health awareness. The National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware utilizes lay and professional volunteers to assist in these events.
For more information, contact Pattie Dash at: 410.494.8545 or by email:, or visit our website at

Patient Story – Deidra C. Crews

“As a nephrologist and Chair of the Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine Diversity Council, I am tremendously appreciative of the NKF of Maryland’s commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in the field of nephrology. The NKF of Maryland Clerkship in Nephrology at Johns Hopkins exposes under-represented in medicine medical students to career opportunities available in nephrology for one month. Medical students are assigned a faculty mentor, exposed to research programs in medicine (emphasizing those focused on underserved populations), receive service learning opportunities through community outreach programs (such as ‘Kidneys: Evaluate Yours’ screenings), and assistance in preparing for residency interviews. We are certain that this program will provide much needed exposure to the rewards offered by a career in nephrology and will assist in ensuring a cadre of well-trained physicians dedicated to the care of kidney patients. Thank you, NKF of Maryland!”

Deidra C. Crews, MD, ScM
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology
Chair, Diversity Council, Department of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Beyond Dialysis

These events provide an opportunity for dialysis patients and their caregivers to receive education, share their experiences, and have their questions answered as they network with one another on their dialysis journeys. In 2013, our Beyond Dialysis series transitioned from a single event to multiple events held throughout National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware’s service area. In 2014-15, we expanded and improved the program to include four patient education conferences throughout our service area that focused on patients and their families being informed, inspired and engaged. Over 500 patients and family members participated in our Beyond Dialysis program last year!

A big thank you to all of our speakers at the Beyond Dialysis Patient Conferences! Your support helped make these events a great success!

Thank you to Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center, University of Maryland Medical Center, Amgen, Genentech and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals for sponsoring our 2014-2015 Beyond Dialysis Series!

2016 Free Kidney Screenings (KEYS)

Patient and Family Council | The Patient and Family Council (PFC) |  A To Z Health Guide | Beyond Dialisis | Spanish Resources

The National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware continues its mission of early detection and early intervention through free KEY (Kidneys: Evaluate Yours) health screenings. KEY screenings, held throughout our service area, identify early markers for high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney disease.

KEY (Kidneys: Evaluate Yours) Screenings

This Level 2 FREE screening is a hallmark National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware program.  These screenings are held throughout our service area and are open to anyone age 18 and older. Staffed by medical professional and lay volunteers, these screenings are designed to detect early markers of chronic kidney disease, identify those who may be at risk and encourage them to follow up with their primary care physician. Screenings consist of brief medical history; measurement of height, weight and blood pressure; may include a blood draw to test creatinine and glucose levels; and physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant consultation to review the measurements and discuss risk factors and prevention efforts. A dietitian consultation is also included at some screenings! All participants receive their results by mail, and those with significant results receive a phone call from our supervising physician and are encouraged to share the results with their primary care physician.

All screenings are free and open to the public. For more information about upcoming KEY screenings, please contact Pattie Dash at 410.494.8545 or