American Kidney Fund

The American Kidney Fund is the leading national voluntary health organization providing direct financial assistance for the benefit of kidney patients supported by comprehensive educational programs, clinical research and community service projects.

The American Kidney Fund was founded in 1971 and has since become the nation's leading non-governmental source of direct financial assistance for needy kidney patients. Each year, AKF helps thousands of dialysis and transplant patients pay for treatment necessities and shines the torch of comfort and hope into the lives of those patients and their families.

For more information, or to contact American Kidney Fund, see their website at: www.akfinc.org

» Recent News

American Kidney Fund Mourns Loss of Former Board Chairman Stan Kirtley
30 Jan 04 | Former American Kidney Fund Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairman Stan Kirtley died of an apparent stroke on January 26. He was 49. Kirtley led the Fund from 2001 to 2003 and remained active on the BOT until his death.

American Kidney Fund Named “Gold Star” Charity by Forbes Magazine
24 Nov 03 | The American Kidney Fund has been named to Forbes magazine's "Gold Star" list of 10 charities it identifies as worthy of readers' consideration. Each year, Forbes surveys 200 nonprofits and rates the them on how efficiently contributions are used.

American Kidney Fund Named as one of "Best Charities" by Reader's Digest
27 Oct 03 | The American Kidney Fund has been named one of the 12 "Best Charities" in the U.S., in the Nov 2003 issue of Reader's Digest. The AKF is a voluntary health organization providing direct assistance to kidney patients, their families and caregivers.

Fourth Annual Harlem Family Health Fair happens Saturday, October 11
07 Oct 03 | The American Kidney Fund and the New York City Mission Society will host the fourth annual Harlem Health Fair, Saturday, October 11 from 11:00am to 4:00pm, at Minisink Townhouse, 646 Malcolm X Boulevard at 142nd Street.

Young Artists to be honored by American Kidney Fund in Washington, D.C.
29 Sep 03 | Thirteen young artists' work was chosen for the American Kidney Fund's 2004 "Kid"ney Calendars. The nationwide art contest is open to children who are on dialysis or those who are kidney transplant recipients.

AKF Concerned about New Study Indicating High Blood Pressure is on the Rise in U.S.
14 Jul 03 | The American Kidney Fund (AKF) is concerned by the findings of a newly-released study indicating that the prevalence of hypertension (high blood pressure) in the United States is going up, reversing a downward trend that dates back to the 1960s.

American Kidney Fund Notes Death from Kidney Disease of Singer/Songwriter Barry White
10 Jul 03 | The American Kidney Fund is taking special note of the death of singer/songwriter Barry White. He died of kidney failure on July 4, at the age of 58. The musician had a history of hypertension (high blood pressure) and suffered a stroke last year.

American Kidney Fund Supports New Government Blood Pressure Guidelines
19 May 03 | The American Kidney Fund (AKF) announced its support for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's new recommendation that healthy blood pressure readings be lowered. Until now, blood pressure of 120 over 80 was considered optimal.

American Kidney Fund Names Director of Minority Intervention and Kidney Education
22 Apr 03 | The American Kidney Fund (AKF) has named Forrest A. Daniels, FACHE as National Director of Minority Intervention and Kidney Education (MIKE). Daniels was Executive Director of the Loretto Hospital Foundation in Chicago.

American Kidney Fund Encouraged by German Study Regarding Possible Cause of High Blood Pressure
13 Jan 03 | The American Kidney Fund is encouraged by a German study that indicates that some people may be born at risk for hypertension (high blood pressure), because they have fewer filters in their kidneys than normal.

American Kidney Fund Named by Physician Group as One of Top Ten Best Health Charities
10 Dec 02 | The American Kidney Fund (AKF) has been named by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) as one of the Top Ten Best Health Charities. All charities on the list carry the "Humane Charity Seal of Approval".

American Kidney Fund Again Receives Top Charity Rating
21 Oct 02 | For the second consecutive year, the American Kidney Fund has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, an independent national non-profit organization that evaluates charities' financial health.

American Kidney Fund Reaches Milestone In Maintaining Health Insurance Coverage For Indigent Kidney Patients
02 Oct 02 | This week, as the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the number of Americans who lack health insurance is increasing again after a two-year decline, the American Kidney Fund (AKF) marked a milestone in helping low-income kidney patients maintain ...

American Kidney Fund Notes Death of Ex-NFL and Track Star from Kidney Failure
26 Sep 02 | The American Kidney Fund (AKF) is taking note of the death from kidney failure of "Bullet" Bob Hayes. Hayes, once recognized as the fastest man alive, died September 18 in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. He was 59.

American Kidney Fund Concerned About Fatality Potential of Common Diabetes Medication
25 Apr 02 | The American Kidney Fund (AKF) is concerned that metformin, sold as Glucophage, may be fatal to a significant number of diabetes patients who take the prescription medication. Dr. Crawford noted, "A majority of people with diabetes are unaware of...

American Kidney Fund Warns About Impact Of High-Protein Diets On Kidney Health
25 Apr 02 | The American Kidney Fund (AKF) is warning Americans about popular high-protein diets for weight loss. He noted, "Bodybuilders could be predisposing themselves to chronic kidney disease because hyperfilteration (the strain on the kidneys) can ...

Bottles of Spring Water to Send Meaningful Health Message to Consumers
22 Apr 02 | The medical experts' advice is particularly true in maintaining good kidney health, so the American Kidney Fund (AKF) and Bluesprings Company of Chicago have teamed up to educate the public about the causes, treatment, and prevention of kidney ...

American Kidney Fund Commends Iowa Governor and Lawmakers for Action on Organ Donation
21 Apr 02 | (Rockville, MD) The American Kidney Fund (AKF) is applauding action taken by the Iowa legislature and Governor Tom Vilsack that would help ease the shortage of organs for transplantation. Iowa's First Person Consent Bill is an important mechanism...

Bottles of Spring Water to Send Meaningful Health Message to Consumers
20 Apr 02 | The medical experts' advice is particularly true in maintaining good kidney health, so the American Kidney Fund (AKF) and Bluesprings Company of Chicago have teamed up to educate the public about the causes, treatment, and prevention of kidney ...

American Kidney Fund Cites Studies as Cause for Concern
04 Mar 02 | (Rockville, MD) The American Kidney Fund (AKF) pointed to two studies, released only days apart, as signs that the incidence of kidney disease in Americans will continue to rise. The risk factors for kidney disease are identical to those for ...

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