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Get to Know Your Kidneys during Kidney Month!

This month, the American Kidney Fund is focusing its attention on driving awareness of kidney disease, empowering those at risk to prevent it, and educating people with kidney disease on how they can manage it.

Saving lives through prevention and education

Diabetes and high blood pressure are the two leading causes of kidney disease. AKF's national screening program reaches thousands of at-risk individuals every year.

  • 9 out of 10 people with kidney disease don’t know they have it.
  • 75 million Americans have high blood pressure.
  • 34 million Americans have diabetes.

1 in 3 Americans is at risk for CKD, so chances are it has impacted you or someone in your life. Kidney disease usually has no early symptoms—it’s important to be tested! There is no cure for kidney disease, but it can be treated, and many cases of kidney disease are preventable.

"Every person we prevent from having CKD is a victory."

Dr. Silas Norman, Nephrologist
Former Member of the AKF Board of Trustees

"When I lost my job because of kidney disease, AKF was there for me."

Elaine Milem, Transplant recipient
Member of the AKF Board of Trustees

Access to lifesaving medical care

Kidney disease takes an incredible physical, emotional and financial toll on kidney patients and their families. AKF provides grants to patients to help them access lifesaving medical care.

  • More than 80% of dialysis patients are unable to work.
  • AKF provides financial help to thousands of low-income U.S. dialysis and transplant patients every year.

Help AKF provide patients with access to lifesaving medical treatment and protect the rights of those who are fighting for their lives. Take our pledge and donate during Kidney Month to show kidney patients and their families that they are not alone.

Advancing innovation through clinical research

Kidney disease is an underrecognized public health issue. AKF's Clinical Scientist in Nephrology program helps young scientists research how to best improve care for patients and reduce the public health burden of the disease.

  • Caring for people with kidney disease costs our health care system well over $100 billion a year. Yet research funding for kidney disease lags behind other diseases.
  • Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the United States.

"Together, we can achieve long-term and positive change for millions of people..."

Dr. Yoshio Hall, Nephrologist
Member of the AKF Board of Trustees

"I know firsthand how life-changing the American Kidney Fund's work can be."

Robert Tarola, Transplant recipient
Member of the AKF Board of Trustees

A second chance at life: transplant and kidney donation

Kidney transplant is considered the best treatment option for people facing kidney failure because it can increase your chances of living a longer, healthier life. In 2019, AKF’s financial assistance helped more than 1,400 low-income dialysis patients have kidney transplants.

  • Nearly 100,000 people are on the waiting list for a kidney transplant.
  • Last year, 6,867 transplanted kidneys were from living donors.

Join our fight with a gift

A gift of any amount goes a long way—when you make a gift to AKF, 97 cents of every donated dollar goes directly toward patients and programs. Every gift will be doubled thanks to our Kidney Month match!

AKF is the most efficient, highest-rated national kidney nonprofit in the United States. When you partner with us, you know that your gift is being well-managed, has the greatest possible impact and positively affects the most lives.