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


ROCKVILLE, Md. (March 17, 2016)—The American Kidney Fund (AKF), the nation’s leading provider of charitable assistance to people with kidney failure, has activated its Disaster Relief Program to help dialysis patients affected by the devastating flooding in the Gulf region.

AKF’s Disaster Relief Program is a rapid-response system that 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 replace medications, food and household items, and pay for essentials such as the cost of fuel or transportation to dialysis if they have been temporarily evacuated.

“For a patient who depends on regular dialysis for survival, major storms and flooding represent a serious threat to their ability to get their life-sustaining treatments. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, the American Kidney Fund stands ready to provide emergency assistance to any qualified U.S. dialysis patients who have been affected by the recent floods,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of the American Kidney Fund.

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 individuals and corporations. More recently, the American Kidney Fund provided disaster relief support to nearly 200 dialysis patients affected by Superstorm Sandy, and to more than 100 patients affected by tornadoes across the Great Plains in 2013.

To make a contribution to the American Kidney Fund’s Disaster Relief Program to assist kidney patients affected by the recent floods, as well as to assist patients affected by future disasters, visit