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01 Aug 2020

NeKF Golf Coassic – September 21 at Saratoga National Golf Club – SOLD OUT!

We are happy to day that the NeKF Golf Classic is SOLD OUT! Volunteers are still needed for the day, starting at 7 am. If you are interested in volunteering, send a note to info@healthykidneys,org. You can also be placed on the mailing list for next year’s event by sending an email to info@healthykidneys.iorg, provide your name, coimpany, mailing address and email address!

Watch for photos of the event!
29 Jul 2020

Cooking for Your Kidneys Featuring Chef John Vito

We all know that the kidney diet can be challenging to navigate, but with a few tips from someone in the know, it doesn’t have to be! It can be fun, nutritious and delicous all at the same time. Our kidney chef will show you how! John is a restauranter, chef, former dialysis patient and now a transplant recipient who is in the know about the kidney diiet! Each session will feature a demonstration and recipe that will help you stay on track witht he kidney diet while also learning fun, delicous, and easy to use recipies that will make cooking for the kidneys something to savor!

Check out Chef preparing three delicious summer recipes!  You can also listen to him on our Real Kidney Living Podcast talking all things summer eating!
His session for renal dieticians can be found here focusing on proteins including chicken, greens and beans and hummus!
To order a copy of his cookbook, visit

Join us for the Septenber 24 session where Chef will feature kidney friendly chili and pasta!
Registration is required for this session.

29 Jul 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  Welcome to the Show!
Episode Two — July 15, 2020   Kidney Meets, Eats & Greets Featuring Chef John Vito
Episide Three – August 3, 2020 Donation and Transplant — Where Does the Gap Lie? Featuring Aisha Tator, Executive Director of Donate Life NYS)
Episode Four — August 19, 2020 Communicating with Your Kidneys, featuring Dr. Kristine McKenna
Episode Five –– The Kidney Disease Screening Process featuring Ms. Amoinca Abbou Fezzi
Episode Six — COVID 19 and its Affect on the Renal System Featuring Dr. Andrew Bomback

Stay tuned for episode 6. Our Podcast is available for download on the links above or on Apple , Spotify and I-tunes! Do you have a subject you’d like tio hear about? Send your suggestion to doug@healthykidneys,org.
29 Jul 2020

A Virtual Evening with Dr. Gerald Appel: Treating Lupus Nephritis in 2020 — the New Data

Join us via Zoom on Wednesday, September 16 at 7 pm for an evening with Dr. Gerald Appel, Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University, and the University’s Director of Clinical Nephrology, as he discusses lupus nephritis and an update on clinical data and treatments. Dr. Appel has been an attending physician at Columbia University Medical Center since 1989. He is also the Director of the Glomerular Disease Center at the University. This is a rare opportunity for an up close and personal session with Dr. Appel so don’t miss out! This is a non-CE program.  Download the flyer here.  Registration is required.

17 Jul 2020

Dialysis Hope Totes now Available!

We are pleased to announce the launch of our latest service, Dialysis Hope Totes. These tote bags, available to patients within the first 30 days of treatment, are tote bags full of information to help navigating the dialysis journey a little easier. For patients within the first 30 days of treatment, speak with your social worker about a bag that includes a book “You are a Dialysis Patient” authored by Dr. James Horn, a nephrologist; a renal exchange booklet; informational sheets on fluic management, not missing dialysis treatment, shopping lists and more! It also contains a medicine box, hand sanitizer, mints, and flyers on all of the NeKF programs and services. Our goal of this program is to let patients know that there is a greater community out there to support them, while also providing tools that can improve your outcomes.  If you are within the first 30 days of treatment, speak with your social worker about receiving your free bag or email
15 Jul 2020

Fall Continuing Education Conference – Coronavirus Challenges and the Kidney Community

Join the Northeast Kidney Foundation and the American Nephrology Nurses Association on November  1 as we present a fall conference on Coronavirus Concerns. This conference will be held virtually and is accredited for two nursing continuing education credits. Speakers include Dr. Melinda Mhyers, FNP, who will discuss the dialysis community’s response to COVID 19. She will be followed by Maarika Sterling who will address racial disparities and mistrust in the kidney community , an unseen barrier to  treatment.

 Class is certified for two nursing contact hours through Albany Medical Center and is free to ANNA members. Non ANNA  members must pay a $20 registration fee. Download the flyer here.

Class runs from 9 am to 11 am. Registration is required.

Non ANNA members will be sent a link to pay the fee prior to your registration being finalized. 

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14 Jul 2020

Join us for Wellness Sundays

Join us for our September  and October virtual Wellness Sunday Classes! Each Sunday morning we will offer alternating Zumba and Yoga classes for patients, family members, caregivers and others! Classes are adaptable to either chair or the floor and will help get your day off to a great start! There is a known link between physican movement and emotional wellbeing so keep your kidney spirits up by Joining us. Rgister at the links below and join us in starting your Sundays off with wellness in mind!

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

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

Sunday, October 4
9 – 9:30 am — Chair Zumba Register  here

Sunday October 11
9 – 9:30 am — Chair Yoga. Register here.

Sunday October 18
9 – 9:30 am Chair Zumba — Register here.

Sunday October 25
Chair Yoga — 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 Club Support Group (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. Help spread the word! Download our flyer here!

October 11 — 12 noon until 2 pm. Topic — Open Enrollment and Insurance Post Transplant
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 — The Transplant Journey and Cooking for the Holidays
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

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.
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.
* Wear a mask. While it was originally thought that those that are well should not wear a mask, it is now felt that everyone should wear a mask while out in public and not able to keep social distance of at least six feet. Remember, wearing a mask protects others!

* 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.

Remember those with chronic kidney disease, those on dialysis, and transplant recipients are part of the vulnerable population when it comes to COVID-19. It is also thought that those that have recovered from the virus may face kidney consequences down the road! Even though all parts of our state have or are close to reopening, the virus is still around and is still  being contracted. New York has done a great job in slowing down COVID-19 and we can’t let our progress go backwards! Please follow safety guidelines and protect your health, as well as that of others!
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 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 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

01 Mar 2019

Want the Northeast Kidney Foundation at your next event?

Are you interested in learning more about chronic kidney disease? Are you hosting a community health event and would like our participation? Are you looking for a speaker on the topics of kidney disease, transplantation, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dialysis, or other topics? We can help! To request our participation at a business or community event, simply complete the  event request form and either mail is to our office located at 22 Colvin Ave, Albany, NY 12206 or email it to us at You can also fax it to 518-458-9690.