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The Hope Affair - Lighting the Way 

The Hope Affair, the American Kidney Fund’s annual national gala, is a celebration of the people who inspire us in the fight against kidney disease. The event brings together the renal community, policymakers, patients and advocates for an inspirational evening that raises funds to support the programs and services of the American Kidney Fund.

The theme of this year’s event was “Lighting the Way,” and this year’s honorees truly are shining lights in their communities:

NeShell Monroe - 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.

Joseph A. Chazan, M.D., and Lucille M. Pono, RN, CNN - Caregivers of the Year

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.

Jonathan Rivera Gómez - 2014 Calendar Kids
Cover Artist Winner

Jonathan Rivera Gómez from Puerto Rico is this year's calendar cover artist winner.

Jonathan’s drawing is titled "La mano de Dios entregándome los riñones (The Hand of God Giving Me Kidneys)." The piece features a colorful seaside motif with the hands of God holding a smiling person with kidneys. Completing the scene are a cabin, an angel, crab and a leaping dolphin.

Read the press release

Event Date and Location

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium | Washington, DC


2013 sponsors of The Hope Affair


Platinum Sponsor


Diamond Sponsor

Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsor


Bronze Sponsors


Crystal Sponsors

Akebia Therapeutics, Inc.

Fresenius Medical Care, N.A.


KERYX Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.

Morgan Stanley

National Renal Administrators Association

Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.


Target MarkeTeam

Turquoise Sponsors


Alternative Solutions Integrators

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.

Eli Lilly and Company



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