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Tenee Hawkins 
Senior Director of Communications and Marketing 
404.658.1423 
thawkins@kidneyfund.org

Dialysis Centers: To Apply for a Grant, call 800-638-8299

American Kidney Fund Activates Disaster Relief Program to Help Dialysis Patients Affected by Recent Tornadoes

ROCKVILLE, MD, May 24—The American Kidney Fund, the nation’s leading provider of charitable assistance to dialysis patients, has activated its Disaster Relief Program to help dialysis patients who have been affected by recent tornadoes.

The American Kidney Fund’s Disaster Relief Program provides emergency assistance in the form of block grants to local dialysis centers when disaster strikes a community. Dialysis centers then distribute the funds to help their patients pay for essentials such as food, shelter, medications and the cost of fuel or transportation to reach dialysis treatment.

Dialysis center social workers may request a block grant to assist their patients by calling the American Kidney Fund Patient Services Department at 1-800-638-8299. The American Kidney Fund does not accept Disaster Relief grant applications directly from patients.

Generous contributions from supporters including Amgen, American Renal Associates, the American Society of Nephrology and National Renal Administrators Association have enabled AKF to activate the Disaster Relief Program.

The American Kidney Fund’s largest disaster relief effort occurred after Hurricane Katrina, when more than 5,100 Gulf Coast dialysis patients in 12 states received emergency assistance totaling over $260,000 from AKF, thanks to generous donations from the general public and corporations. More recently, the American Kidney Fund provided disaster relief support to nearly 200 dialysis patients affected by Superstorm Sandy.

To make a contribution to the Disaster Relief Program to assist dialysis patients affected by the recent tornadoes, as well as to assist patients affected by future disasters, visit www.kidneyfund.org.

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The American Kidney Fund fights kidney disease through direct financial support to patients in need, health education and prevention efforts. It leads the nation in charitable assistance to dialysis patients. Last year, nearly 84,000 people—1 out of every 5 U.S. dialysis patients—received assistance from the American Kidney Fund for health insurance premiums and other treatment-related expenses. The American Kidney Fund reaches millions of people annually through its national campaign, Pair Up: Join the Fight to Prevent Kidney Disease; free kidney health screenings; health education materials and courses; online outreach, and a toll-free health information HelpLine (866-300-2900). For more information, visit www.kidneyfund.org.

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