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American Kidney Fund Announces 13 Winners in 18th Annual Calendar Art Contest for Pediatric Kidney Patients

Online Voting to Select Cover Artist Begins March 15

ROCKVILLE, Md. (March 15, 2013) — Today the American Kidney Fund announced the winners of its18th annual Calendar Kids Art Contest, and kicked off online voting to select the cover art for its 2014 Calendar.

The 13 winners—children who have kidney disease, are on dialysis, or have received a kidney transplant —were selected from nearly 130 entries. Online voting for the winning cover art begins March 15 and will continue until March 29 on the American Kidney Fund website. All winners will receive a gift card and a laptop to help with their schoolwork. The cover art winner will also win a trip to Washington, D.C., to be recognized during the American Kidney Fund’s annual gala, The Hope Affair, this fall.

The winners of the 2013 Calendar Kids Art Contest, whose artwork will appear in the 2014 AKF Calendar, are:

  • Asher Adinolfi, 6, “Flying High”, San Jose, Calif.
  • Juan Pablo Almaguer, 13, “Wings of Hope,” Houston
  • Kiersten Ben-Judah, 6, “Dolphin Tail,” Cleveland, Tenn
  • Julianna Cervantes, 13, “Dream to Live”, Tulare, Calif.
  • Emily Coker, 13, “Scalloping,” Perry, Fla.
  • Madison Custer, 15, “When I Grow Up,” Pittsburgh
  • Catherine Fuentes, 8, “The Tropical Island of Pets,” Plainfield, N.J.
  • Alberto Lechuga, 12, “Friends,” Chicago
  • Lizette Martinez, 9, “Outdoor Summer Sky,” San Antonio
  • Erika Ramirez, 10, “Kamp Kidney Dance Party,” Norman, Okla.
  • Jonathan Rivera Gomez, 15, “La Mano de Dios Entregandome los Riñones,” Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
  • Alexis Sandoval, 14, “Together, We Can Be Strong,” Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Jack Young, 5, “The Night of Owl,” Fairmont, W.Va.

“The American Kidney Fund is delighted to recognize 13 gifted young artists and to celebrate 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 for the public to get involved in supporting these amazing kids, who demonstrate remarkable optimism and resilience in the face of serious disease.”

The American Kidney Fund calendar is distributed nationwide to help raise awareness of kidney disease and the importance of prevention and early detection. Nearly 8,000 children in the United States have kidney failure, which can only be treated by dialysis or transplantation. The Calendar Kids Program is supported by an educational donation provided by Amgen.

The 2014 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


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. 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


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