Each year, the American Kidney Fund presents the Caregiver of the Year award to someone who goes “above and beyond” to provide care and support to a dialysis or kidney transplant patient. Renal professionals, as well as friends and loved ones of patients, are eligible for this award.
The person who is selected as the Caregiver of the Year will be honored at our annual gala, The Hope Affair, on October 22, 2014, at Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The Hope Affair celebrates the people who inspire us in the fight against kidney disease.
The deadline for nominations was July 29, 2014. Check back soon to learn about this year's honoree.
Learn about our past Caregiver of the Year honorees.
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.