Major Agencies - Kidney disease

The National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd Street, Suite 1100, New York, New York 10016; (800) 622-9010, formerly the National Kidney Disease Foundation, was founded in 1950 by a group of parents whose children had a disease with no cure—nephrosis. The ultimate goal was the total eradication of all diseases of the kidney and urinary tract. Today, although there remains no cure for nephrosis, the disease is almost totally treatable. The National Kidney Foundation and its 49 affiliates nationwide have funded millions of dollars in research to find cures for kidney and related diseases, including diabetes and high blood pressure.

The National Kidney Foundation and its affiliates sponsor a wide variety of programs in treatment, service, education, and prevention that are designed to aid the patient in the community. Examples of some affiliate programs include: information and referral programs for patients and their families, drug banks, support groups, summer camp programs for children on dialysis and transplantations, transportation services, counseling and screening, and direct financial assistance to needy patients.

The National Kidney Foundation seeks continually to increase the number of organs available for transplantation through its nationwide Organ Donor Program. To date, more than 50 million donor cards have been distributed by the Foundation and its affiliates. Distribution of public and professional educational materials continues to heighten public awareness of organ donation and the “Gift of Life” it can provide to thousands of people waiting for a kidney transplant.

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