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American Kidney Fund Announces 19th Annual Art Contest For Pediatric Kidney Patients

Charitable Organization Now Accepting Submissions For 2015 Calendar

ROCKVILLE, MD (January 14, 2014)— Calling all budding Picassos! The American Kidney Fund has launched its 19th Annual ‘Calendar Kids’ Art Contest and is accepting artwork submissions from children nationwide. The contest provides pediatric kidney patients an opportunity to express themselves and have their original artwork included in the organization’s nationally distributed 2015 calendar.

The contest is open to anyone 18 or younger who has kidney disease, is on dialysis or has received a kidney transplant. Thirteen talented young artists will be selected for the 2015 calendar from entries received by February 21, 2014. Each winner will receive a gift card and a tablet, in addition to being entered in a nationwide online contest to select the calendar’s cover art. The artist whose drawing receives the most votes from the public in the online contest will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., with a parent or guardian to be honored at the American Kidney Fund’s annual gala, The Hope Affair, this fall.

“Each year, we look forward to receiving imaginative, inspiring artwork from children across the country living with kidney disease,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of the American Kidney Fund. “The contest gives the American Kidney Fund an opportunity to recognize extraordinary children—young artists who overcome enormous challenges as they battle kidney disease.”

The annual American Kidney Fund calendar generates national awareness of kidney disease, which affects an estimated 31 million Americans, including children. There are currently about 8,000 children in the United States who are living with kidney failure and are being treated either through dialysis or transplant. Birth defects, hereditary conditions and glomerular diseases are the main causes of kidney failure in children.

Online voting for the cover art winner will take place during National Kidney Month from March 10 – March 31 on the American Kidney Fund website. Full details on the contest, as well as a video profiling last year’s winner, can be found here.

For more information about the American Kidney Fund, visit www.KidneyFund.org.

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About the American Kidney Fund

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. One out of every 5 U.S. dialysis patients receives 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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