Kidney Today from the American Kidney Fund brings you voices from the fight against kidney disease—patients, their loved ones, renal professionals and many others.

Celebrate Labor Day with Kidney-Friendly Tips and Recipes

Author: Lauren Elkins, R.D.  |  Posted:

It’s hard to believe that summer is winding down, with Labor Day quickly approaching. Many people mark this holiday as a last opportunity to enjoy the nice weather over a long weekend. Celebrations typically include firing up the grill to barbeque, packing a picnic for the park or taking one last family vacation. As you prepare for the upcoming holiday, enjoy these kidney-friendly tips and recipes to ensure healthy and cheerful festivities. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Healthy living

Give the Gift of Life: National Minority Donor Awareness Week

Author: AKF Staff  |  Posted:

Among minorities, the need for kidney transplants is disproportionately high, so donations are essential. Anthony Brown, a patient-advocate with American Kidney Fund, shared his story about donating one of his kidneys to his mother last year on World Kidney Day. Anthony is one of many inspirational advocates in the American Kidney Fund network who has donated a kidney to a friend or family member. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Advocacy and policy, Living with kidney disease, Kidney transplant, Kidney failure

Roll Up Your Sleeves for a Blood Pressure Check

Author: Dr. Jerry Penso  |  Posted:

High blood pressure affects one in three Americans—68 million people. Less than half of these individuals have it under control, and 20 percent don’t even know they have the disease because it often shows no signs or symptoms. If this pressure stays high over time, it can lead to kidney disease and other health problems like heart disease, heart attack and stroke. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Kidney disease prevention

Saving a Life: My Kidney Donation Story

Author: Anthony Brown  |  Posted:

Last year on World Kidney Day, when I was 25 years old, I donated my left kidney to my mother. In my experience, donating a kidney to my mother was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The reality is you only need one kidney to survive. And for most kidney patients, a kidney transplant is a chance for a better life. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Advocacy and policy, Living with kidney disease, Kidney transplant, Kidney failure

Making a Difference in Washington: Interview with an Advocate

Author: AKF Staff  |  Posted:

Earlier this month, the American Kidney Fund (AKF) hosted 10 advocates from our Advocacy Network in Washington to meet with legislators and raise awareness for kidney disease prevention, education and research. We sat down with one patient-advocate, Monica Jemison from Waukegan, Ill., to hear about her experience on Capitol Hill. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Advocacy and policy, Living with kidney disease
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