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

For Immediate Release

American Kidney Fund Announces 13 Winners in 17th Annual Calendar Art Contest for Pediatric Kidney Patients

Online Contest to Select Cover Artist is Underway

ROCKVILLE, Md. (March 16, 2012) — The American Kidney Fund today announced the winners of its 17th annual Calendar Kids Art Contest and online voting for the cover art of its 2013 Calendar.
 
The 13 winners—children who live daily with challenges that include diet restrictions, frequent dialysis, or complicated transplant procedures—were selected from nearly 150 entries. Online voting for the winning cover art is underway and will continue until March 30th on the American Kidney Fund website. Each winner will receive a $500 gift card and a savings bond. The cover art winner will also receive a trip to Washington, D.C., to be recognized during the American Kidney Fund’s annual gala, The Hope Affair, in fall 2012.
 
The winners of the 2012 Calendar Kids Art Contest, whose artwork will appear in the 2013 AKF Calendar, are:
 
America Baca, 13, Albuquerque, N.M., Keep Moving

Mardarius Bell, 16, Memphis, Tenn., Racing for a Kidney

Kennedy Carter, 16, Mayville, Mich., The Strength Inside

Emily Coker, 11, Perry, Fla., Patriotic Jogger in July

Megan Eaton, 15, Rutland, Vt., Citrus Explosion

Ali Gratz, 16, New Hope, Minn., The Big Sneeze

Cadence Love, 6, Westford, N.Y., Sunny Days

Vy Nguyen, 9, Tucson, Ariz., A New Beginning

Tanith O'Brien, 15, Rye, N.Y., Keep them Hydrated

Martin Portocarrero, 15, Rockville, Md., My Cabin in the Woods

Amelia Rowniewski, 6, Wallington, N.J., All Things are Possible

Sydney Rubio, 9, Burbank, Calif., Cool Caterpillar

Giovanni Ruiz, 7, Austin, Texas, The Penguin Parade

“The American Kidney Fund is thrilled to recognize these gifted young artists and it is our great pleasure to present a celebration of their talent,” said LaVarne A. Burton, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Kidney Fund.  “The online voting contest for the cover art is a great way to get the public involved in supporting these amazing kids, who face great hardships with a positive spirit.”

The American Kidney Fund calendar is distributed nationwide to help raise awareness of kidney disease and the importance of prevention and early detection. More than 6,600 children in the United States have kidney failure, which can only be treated by dialysis or transplantation.

The 2013 calendars will be available for purchase through the American Kidney Fund website beginning in October. For more information about the Calendar Kids Contest and other programs for children the American Kidney Fund provides, visit www.kidneyfund.org.

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About the American Kidney Fund

The mission of the American Kidney Fund is to fight kidney disease through direct financial support to patients in need; health education; and prevention efforts. The American Kidney Fund leads the nation in providing charitable assistance to dialysis patients who need help with the costs associated with treating kidney failure. Last year, nearly 90,000 people—almost 1 out of every 4 dialysis patients in the United States—received assistance from the American Kidney Fund for health insurance premiums and other treatment-related expenses. Millions of people nationwide benefit annually from the American Kidney Fund’s efforts to fight kidney disease through health education and prevention efforts. The American Kidney Fund’s national campaign, Pair Up: Join the Fight to Prevent Kidney Disease, empowers women to protect themselves—and the people they love—from kidney disease. The American Kidney Fund offers free kidney health screenings in communities nationwide, as well as extensive online health education materials and courses and a toll-free health information HelpLine (866.300.2900).

As a 10-time recipient of the top “Four Star” rating from Charity Navigator, the American Kidney Fund is ranked among the top 1 percent of charities nationwide for fiscal accountability. In addition, the American Kidney Fund holds an A+ rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy; adheres to the National Health Council Standards of Excellence; and is a member of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance. For more information, visit www.kidneyfund.org.
 

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