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10 Jun 2020

Virtual Walk/Run Ends July 31!


COVID-19 has prevented us from hosting our walk/run events, but that doesn’t mean that kidney disease stops! We need your help now more than ever, so we’re going virtual with our events. What does this mean? It means that you can still participate, earn prizes for your fundraising, earn medals for running and make an impact at the same time!  Here’s how it works:

* Register as a walker or runner or team captain

* Pay the run registration fee if you wish to complete a run and submit proof of your time to us via email at and you will receive your finisher medal and t-shirt

* Set up a personal fundraising page and commit to raising all you can. If you raise $100 or more you will receive the official “quaranteam” t-shirt for the 2020 kidney walks!

* For every $300 you raise, you will earn a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant or retail establishment of your choice. 

* Upload pictures of yourself or those of the loved ones you are honoring by participation to our quaranteam kidney walk facebook page!

It’s that simple! No need to leave your house (unless you want to!) All participants will also receive a 2020 walk/run facemask simply for participating!

We have also added a running option for the Syracuse region as well!

Register for the Syracuse Walk/Run  here.

Register for the Rick Raspante Memorial Walk/Run  here.

Register for the Albany Walk/5k/10K for Kidneys  here!

We have extended the registration and participation time through June 30 so register and start fundraising today!
10 Jun 2020

Real Kidney Living Podcast

Our podcast is now live and can be found on Spotify and Apple! The podcast features Douglas Brown, a two time kidney recipient as the host. We will feature different guests each episode including patients, family members and their loved ones, clinicians, recipients, donors and donor families, organ procurement professionals, elected officials and the list goes on! The goals of the podcast are to provide real information on what it’s like to live with kidney disease directly from your peers, share clinical updates, discuss current public policy issues, and more! 

Listen to our first episode! And share! Have a subject you want to hear or are you interested in being on the show? Send a note to

Episode One — July 1, 2020
Episode Two — July 15, 2020
10 Jun 2020

Kidney Club Support (Virtual) Dates Announced

Please join us for our Kidney Club support group meetings! You can participate either by phone or video. As restrictions are lifted we will be able to convene with an in person option at our Albany office but it will also be combined with a virtual option. At present, all meetings are strictly virtual unless noted.

September 13 — 12 noon until 2 pm. Topic TBD
Click on this link to join the meeting and to get dial in information if you wish to participate by phone.

October 11 — 12 noon until 2 pm. Topic Taking Care of your Mental and Emotional Wellness in Addition to your Physical Wellness
Click on this link to join the meeting and to get dial in information if you wish to participate by phone.

November 15– 12 noon until 2 pm. Topic — Open Enrollment and Thanksgiving Eating!
Click on this link to join the meeting and to get dial in information if you wish to participate by phone.

December 13 — 12 noon until 2 pm. Topic — holiday celebration!
As this is a holiday celebration, there will be an in person option for this meeting at the NeKF office at 22 Colvin Avenue in Albany. Others can join by phone or video and for remote paticipation you will receive a holiday celebration pack to enjoy during the meeting.
Click on this link to register. You will have an option to participate by video or phone but because this event will have activitities, it is best to join by video if you cannot be there in person.

Kidney club meetings are facilitated by Tina Sheridan, volunteer extraordinaire and kidney transplant recipient. If you are interested in co-facilitating or guest facilitating, please email or call 518-527-6236.
10 Jun 2020

Join us for Wellness Sundays

Join us for our September virtual Wellness Sunday Classes! We are giving the classes a break for the summer but they will be back in the fall! Register at the links below and join us in starting your Sundays off with wellness in mind!

Sunday, September 6 
9 – 9:30 am — Chair Yoga. Register here.

Sunday September 13
9 – 9:30 am — Chair Zumba. Register here.

Sunday, September 20
9 – 9:30 am — Chair Yoga. Register here.

Sunday September 27
9 – 9:30 am — Chair Zumba. Register here.

A little about our wonderful instructors:
Jen Morrison is a 200-hour Certified Yoga Instructor, who works primarily with the Adult Population to teach Gentle Chair Yoga. She believes that Yoga is one way to help strengthen and heal the mind and the body through movement and breath. 
Jen has taught Chair Yoga at the Vermont Veteran’s Home in Bennington, VT, as well as the Rudy Ciccotti Family Recreation Center in Albany, NY. Additionally, during this time, Jen has taught yoga virtually through Zoom & Facetime.
Jen holds a Masters of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. She has been a Physical Therapist since 1995 and a Yoga Instructor since 2017. 

Jacky is well known throughout the kidney community for her volunteer endeavors, first as a participant and super star fundraiser in our Catwalk for Kidneys event. She is also the owner of Stress Fracture, LLC, the area’s first and only mobile stress relief room. She has brought Stress Fracture to kidney patients and now wants to utilize an additional talent to help the patient community!  A long time Zumba instructor, Jacky has taught at multiple venues throughout the region and is now bringing Chair Zumba to the Northeast Kidney Foundation family.

10 Jun 2020

Kidney Caregiver Program Announced

We are pleased to announce an all new Kidney Caregiver program. This program will utilize trained volunteers to offer a variety of caregiver services, initially focusing on friendly telephone visits with patients and caregivers.

COVID-19 has brought all new challenges in keeping our kidney community connected. With both patients and caregivers feeling the burdens of isolation combined with an all new normal of having to be extra cautious in how we venture out, we have received requests to help patients that are feeling a bit of isolation and disconnection. Our volunteers are here to help! You can request a friendly visit at a time that is most convenient for you and we will match you with a volunteer to call and chat with you! We hope to initially offer this service for six months and then evaluate it in order to expand the services to things like assistance with shopping and other errands, possibly occasional transport to medical appointments and more!

If you are interested in being a kidney caregiver, contact Carol at 518-527-6236 or email Patients and family members wishing to take advantage of this service should contact their social worker at their unit or call Carol at the number above.
02 May 2020

Free Cloth Masks for Patients, Clinicians

Through the generosity of a member of our patient community, we are able to offer free cloth masks to patients and clinicians. Tina Sheridan, a kidney transplant recipient and facilitator of the Kidney Club support group, is making the masks as a way to give back to the kidney community. While we can offer no custom ordering, we promise the designs are colorful and fun! Two free masks will be provided per person. Order them below! While there is no fee, donations will be accepted. If you are in need of more than two masks or wish to order them for a patient group or clinic, please email A couple samples of Tina’s work are below!

Order your masks here!

While there is no fee, if you would like to make a tax deductible contribution to help offset the cost of the masks, click here!

24 Mar 2020

Bringing it Home: Home Hemodialysis Webinar — Recording Available

If you were not able to join us in May for our webinar on home hemodialysis, you can view and listen to the recording here! Click on the link to launch the webinar and view from the comfort of your own home!  A special thank you to ANNA Northeast Tri-State Chapter No. 120 for co-hosting this event with us!

Stay tuned for announcements about our fall CE classes!

13 Mar 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Preparation

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). A novel coronavirus such as COVID-19 is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

While we are still learning about COVID-19, we do know that those with chronic conditions and those that are immune compromised are at increased risk of developing COVID-19. It is also believed that for the at risk population, the virus presents with more severe symptoms. C
OVID-9 is rapidly evolving and we want to encourage everyone to be proactive and practice the following:
* Avoid close contact with people who are sick
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
* Stay home if you are sick.
* Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and dispose of the tissue in the trash,
* Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces.
* Follow CDC recommendations for wearing masks. CDC does NOT recommend that people who are well wear a mask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses including COVID-19.
* Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose or coughing.
* If soap and water are not readily available use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

* Practice social distancing.
Being informed is one of your most powerful tools. Here are some available resources:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has resources for the public and healthcare providers.
The New York State Department of Health has information specific to the impact on New York State.
The American Association of Kidney Patients is hosting a patient education webinar on March 18. You can register here.
The National Renal Administrators Association has a number of resources for clinic managers.
The American Society of Nephrology has posted a webinar and slide deck for clinicians.

We have also developed the below flyer which you can print and share as you wish.
We are continually monitoring the developments and will adjust our scheduling accordingly always with the best interests of our patients in mind. Thank you for your support of the NeKF throughout the year. If you have specific questions or concerns please email or call 800-999-9697.

19 Dec 2019

Transplant Games of America Postponed to 2021

We are excited to announce the new date for the Transplant Games of America! The event will be held The Meadowlands in New Jersey from July 16-21, 2021.  All existing registrations will be honored!

The event is a celebration of the miracle of organ donation and pays tribute to donor families and living donors. Transplant recipients and donors compete in Olympic styled events. The event also features opening and closing ceremonies, a donor tribute, and other special events. Teams are forming all across New York! To register for the team closest to you visit For more information email

06 Jun 2019

New Mental Health Resources Now Available!

New mental health resources are now available! We have depression screenings and resource guides along with some other new helpful materials. If you’re interested in obtaining any of these resources please email us at