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

American Kidney Fund Activates Disaster Relief Program to Help Dialysis Patients Affected by
Hurricane Sandy

ROCKVILLE, MD, Nov. 6—The American Kidney Fund (AKF), 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 Hurricane Sandy.

“A disaster of this magnitude poses a life-threatening challenge to dialysis patients who must have regular treatment in order to survive,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and CEO of the American Kidney Fund. “The American Kidney Fund’s core mission is to help dialysis patients who are in financial need and have nowhere else to turn. We are activating our Disaster Relief Program in the hope that we may provide much-needed help to patients who have been impacted by this storm.”

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 lead supporters including Amgen, American Renal Associates and Affymax-Takeda have enabled the American Kidney Fund to activate its Disaster Relief Program. In addition, Sanofi Renal/Genzyme Corporation is providing in-kind support. The American Kidney Fund continues to accept financial contributions to assist in the effort. Anyone wishing to contribute may visit www.kidneyfund.org to make an online donation.
 
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.
 
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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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