Funds urgently needed for kidney patient disaster relief

Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey affect thousands


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In the devastating aftermath of Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey, the American Kidney Fund (AKF)
has already distributed more than $699,520 to help kidney patients affected by the storms.

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Your help is desperately needed.

AKF still urgently needs the financial support of generous friends like you. Even though the flood waters have receded, the needs are far greater than we could have ever predicted. Many patients are still counting on the American Kidney Fund’s Disaster Relief Program to help them get transportation to clinics for dialysis treatments and medical appointments, replace medications, provide food and basic household items and meet other vital needs. Some of these patients have lost nearly everything they own, they are simply trying to put the pieces of their lives back together.

Emergency financial grants for dialysis patients.

AKF has sent out emergency-financial grants to help patients replace medications, food and household items, and pay for other lost necessities. Our Disaster Relief Program also helps pay transportation costs for patients who are displaced from their homes or whose clinics are closed.

Patients cannot survive without dialysis.

Missing dialysis treatments can be life-threatening to the more than 12,000 dialysis patients who live in the region affected by Hurricane Harvey — which is more than a quarter of all dialysis patients in Texas — and thousands more in Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands where Hurricanes Irma and Maria's widespread, catastrophic damage has ripped through communities and devastated many lives.

Please give now to help kidney patients affected by Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey . One hundred percent of donations to our Disaster Relief Program will be used to assist dialysis patients affected by these storms. Dialysis patients are counting on us and we are counting on you to help us meet these urgent needs. Thank you for responding quickly and generously.

Updates

Unsung heroes: Social workers’ tireless efforts help patients affected by hurricanes

Even before a hurricane strikes, dialysis social workers work overtime to help their patients prepare. Read more.

Get updated information on the situation in Puerto Rico

StatusPR is a website operated by the government of Puerto Rico that provides updated information on key aspects of the island’s infrastructure recovery after Hurricane Maria.

Disaster relief update (Week 6) – Puerto Rico

AKF staff members Mike and Dan provide the latest on the situation for dialysis patients in Puerto Rico.

A growing crisis in Puerto Rico for dialysis patients

A week after Hurricane Maria slammed into the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico as a Category 5 storm, the 5,600 Americans on the island who depend on dialysis are facing a life-threatening crisis. Read more.

4 ways you've helped dialysis patients affected by disaster

Thanks to generous contributions from individuals, foundations, associations and corporations, AKF's Disaster Relief Program is able to quickly provide emergency grants to patients affected by the recent hurricanes. Download this infographic and see how you've helped.

AKF ready to help Puerto Rico dialysis patients

American Kidney Fund ready to help Puerto Rico dialysis patients while continuing to assist patients affected by Harvey and Irma. Read more.

Disaster relief update (Week 5) – How our emergency grants are used

Download an infographic and see how emergency grants are being used to help dialysis patients affected by recent hurricanes.

7 days without dialysis

We sat down with Ariel Brigham in Houston to talk about her experience after Hurricane Harvey flooded vast parts of Houston and coastal Texas.

Disaster relief update (Week 3) – Meet Roberta

The American Kidney Fund's Disaster Relief Program is a rapid-response system that provides emergency assistance to dialysis patients when disaster strikes. Read how our grants help patients.

How emergency disaster grants help dialysis patients

The American Kidney Fund's Disaster Relief Program is a rapid-response system that provides emergency assistance to dialysis patients when disaster strikes. Read how our grants help patients.

Why help dialysis patients during natural disasters?

Millions of people have been affected . . . and among them are thousands of dialysis patients for whom a natural disaster like this is quite literally a matter of life and death. Learn how you can help.

Hurricane Harvey - Disaster relief update (Week 1)

We have a quick update on how your donations are helping hundreds of dialysis patients who lost everything in Harvey. We’re preparing to provide Irma relief, as well.

Resources for dialysis patients

For dialysis patients, a natural disaster like that unfolding along the Gulf Coast is truly a matter of life and death. More than 12,000 dialysis patients—more than a quarter of all dialysis patients in Texas—live in the region affected by Hurricane Harvey, and as the storm moves into Louisiana, even more patients will be affected.