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Help Us Select the 2014 Hero of Hope

Do you know a person living with kidney disease who is making a difference in his or her community? Someone who is an inspiration to those around him or her? Each year, the American Kidney Fund asks its friends to submit nominations for the Hero of Hope award.

We are looking for dialysis or transplant patients who deserve recognition for giving back to their communities and making a difference. Do you know someone who deserves recognition? If so, please nominate him or her for our 2014 Hero of Hope award. 

Each honoree’s story is unique and inspiring. Previous honorees have been selected for such reasons as:

  • Providing support and encouragement to fellow kidney patients
  • Volunteering in the local community
  • Conducting outreach to increase public awareness of kidney disease

To nominate someone for the American Kidney Fund’s Hero of Hope Award, simply complete a nomination form on our website. For inspiration, watch the videos of our Heroes of Hope for the past three years.

The person who is selected as the 2014 Hero of Hope will be honored at the American Kidney Fund's national gala, The Hope Affair, on October 22, 2014, in Washington, D.C. The Hope Affair is a celebration of the people who inspire us in the fight against kidney disease.

The deadline for nominations was June 13, 2014. Check back soon to learn about this year's honoree.

Learn About Our Past Hero of Hope Award Winners

NeShell Monroe - 2013 American Kidney Fund Hero of Hope

NeShell Monroe of Houston is a dialysis patient for more than 30 years and a longtime community advocate for kidney disease awareness.

Eric Dolby, Sr. - 2012 American Kidney Fund Hero of Hope

Eric Dolby, Sr., is a dialysis patient who overcame homelessness and now volunteers at a homeless shelter in Raleigh, N.C. He advocates for kidney patients as part of the American Kidney Fund Advocacy Network.

Corey S. Furman - 2011 American Kidney Fund Hero of Hope

Corey Furman knew his blood pressure was higher than it should be, but he didn't know why until his doctor gave him unexpected, life-changing news in December 2009: he was in kidney failure. The retired Army veteran, who served in Operation Desert Storm, had to begin dialysis within days.

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