The Hope Affair 2012
The American Kidney Fund’s national gala, The Hope Affair, was held Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Once again, we honored the people who inspire us in the fight against kidney disease—including the seven-year-old kidney patient whose artwork appears on the cover of our 2013 calendar. Meet our honorees, whose lives are a testament to hope.
Meet Our Honorees
2012 Hero of Hope Eric Dolby, Sr.
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.
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.
2013 Calendar Kids Cover Artist Amelia Rowniewski
Seven-year-old Amelia Rowniewski had a kidney transplant when she was three. Her whimsical depiction of The Cow Jumped Over the Moon won the most votes in an online contest to choose the cover of the 2013 AKF Calendar.
A special thanks to the 2012 sponsors of The Hope Affair:
Dialysis Clinic, Inc.
Nephropathology Associates, PLC
Alternative Solution Integrators, LLC
Information Concepts, Inc.
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
National Renal Administrators Association
Circle of Friends
Copilevitz & Canter LLC
Gordon & Rees LLP
Prime Policy Group