The deadline for nominations was May 15, 2015. Check back soon to find out who the 2015 Caregiver of the Year is.
The American Kidney Fund salutes all those who provide care to people living with kidney disease. Our annual Caregiver of the Year award goes to a special person who is caring for someone who has chronic kidney disease or is on dialysis.
Who’s eligible for this award? Friends, loved ones, dialysis social workers, nurses, nephrologists, other renal professionals, and anyone else who makes life better for a kidney patient (or patients) by providing compassionate, devoted care.
The person who is selected as the Caregiver of the Year will be honored at our annual gala, The Hope Affair, on September 30, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The Hope Affair celebrates the people who inspire us in the fight against kidney disease.
Learn about our past Caregiver of the Year honorees.
2014 Caregiver of the Year: Keith McDonald
When his wife Ramieka began dialysis and could no longer work, Keith took on a second job, and also took on many of the household duties, including caring for their two children.
2013 Caregivers of the Year: Joseph A. Chazan, M.D., and Lucille M. Pono, RN, CNN
Joseph A. Chazan, M.D., and Lucille M. Pono, RN, CNN, of Providence, R.I., have worked together for four decades to provide care to dialysis patients.
2012 Caregiver of the Year: Debbie Nutt
Debbie Nutt's childhood friend, Shirley Johnson, a dialysis patient, suffered a major stroke that left her unable to speak or walk. Debbie took in Shirley and her children and then began the difficult rehabilitation to bring Shirley back.
2011 Caregiver of the Year: Bernice Strange
When her daughter died of breast cancer 11 years ago, Bernice Strange barely had time to mourn. Throughout her daughter's illness and after her death, Ms. Strange took on an awesome responsibility: caring for her adult grandson, Kenyon, a dialysis patient who is unable to walk and has profound medical needs.