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The Dennis Bligen Kidney Foundation Inc
8th Annual Gift of Life Benefit Gala

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Whether you haven't registered for the New York City Kidney Walk yet, this will be your first walk or your 10th - join us for an energizing morning at the NYRR RUNCENTER (320 W 57th St) on Saturday, September 21st to kick off the 2019 season!
Festivities to include a panel discussion featuring some of our veteran walkers, information about what's new this year, NKF swag and prizes, light refreshments and photo opportunities with Sidney the Kidney. Meet NYC Kidney Walkers and trade tips to take your fundraising to the next level!

Don't miss out! Let us know you're coming by RSVPing on Facebook or contacting Quin at quin.works@kidney.org by Friday, September 13th. Please feel free to join us for all or any part of the event.
9:00AM – Check In/Arrivals
9:45AM – Why We Walk Panel Discussion/ Q&A
10:15AM – Mingle, Games/Prizes, NKF Swag, Photos
11:30AM - Event Concludes


Thank you for your help in achieving another great victory this year for kidney patients. During January, we asked you to write the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to a proposed change to Medicare Part D drug benefits that would have made it harder for some transplant recipients to access the immunosuppressive drugs they need to prevent organ rejection. This proposal sought to remove key protections that would have put decisions about immunosuppressive prescribing in the hands of health plans and the government.

On May 16th, CMS released the final rule and reported their decision to not pursue changes to transplant patient access to immunosuppressive drugs under Medicare Part D. In announcing the final rule, CMS acknowledged the importance of hearing from patients like you in making the decision preserve access to these medications. Your voice ensured that transplant patients will still be able to get the best combination of immunosuppressive drugs for them. On behalf of kidney patients across the country, thank you for helping to make this happen! Sincerely, Troy Zimmerman Vice President, Government Relations


We had an awesome gala this year! We would like to thank everyone who attended or helped us with the 7th Annual Dennis Bligen Kidney Foundation Benefit Gala.
Dennis Bligen was able to receive a kidney via a kidney swap chain, all thanks to a donation from his friend Jill Christensen. The story can be found here
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1 in 3 American adults is at risk for kidney disease. What puts you at risk for kidney disease? Major risk factors include diabeteshigh blood pressure, a family history of kidney failure and being age 60 or older.

Kidney disease often has no symptoms, and it can go undetected until very advanced. But a simple urine test can tell you if you have kidney disease. Remember, it's important to get tested because early detection and treatment can slow or prevent the progression of kidney disease. Here are some helpful things to discuss with your doctor at your annual physical.

What is chronic kidney disease (CKD)?
Chronic kidney disease includes conditions that damage your kidneys and decrease their ability to keep you healthy by doing the jobs listed. If kidney disease gets worse, wastes can build to high levels in your blood and make you feel sick. You may develop complications like high blood pressure, anemia (low blood count), weak bones, poor nutritional health and nerve damage. Also, kidney disease increases your risk of having heart and blood vessel disease. These problems may happen slowly over a long period of time. Chronic kidney disease may be caused by diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders. Early detection and treatment can often keep chronic kidney disease from getting worse. When kidney disease progresses, it may eventually lead to kidney failure, which requires dialysis or a kidney transplant to maintain life.
How is Chronic Kidney Disease Detected?

Early detection and treatment of chronic kidney disease are the keys to keeping kidney disease from progressing to kidney failure. Some simple tests can be done to detect early kidney disease. They are:

  1. A test for protein in the urine. Albumin to Creatinine Ratio (ACR), estimates the amount of a albumin that is in your urine. An excess amount of protein in your urine may mean your kidney's filtering units have been damaged by disease. One positive result could be due to fever or heavy exercise, so your doctor will want to confirm your test over several weeks.

  2. A test for blood creatinine. Your doctor should use your results, along with your age, race, gender and other factors, to calculate your glomerular filtration rate (GFR). Your GFR tells how much kidney function you have. To access the GFR calculator, click here
It is especially important that people who have an increased risk for chronic kidney disease have these tests. You may have an increased risk for kidney disease if you:

  • are older
  • have diabetes
  • have high blood pressure
  • have a family member who has chronic kidney disease
  • are an African American, Hispanic American, Asians and Pacific Islander or American Indian.
If you are in one of these groups or think you may have an increased risk for kidney disease, ask your doctor about getting tested.

Learn more

High blood pressure and kidney disease
Diabetes and kidney disease
Diet and kidney disease
Exercise and kidney disease
Important facts about kidney disease

NKF's community-based initiative to educate about the kidneys, risk factors for kidney disease, and steps to take to keep kidneys healthy.

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Why Are the Kidneys So Important?

Most people know that a major function of the kidneys is to remove waste products and excess fluid from the body. These waste products and excess fluid are removed through the urine. The production of urine involves highly complex steps of excretion and re-absorption. This process is necessary to maintain a stable balance of body chemicals.

The critical regulation of the body's salt, potassium and acid content is performed by the kidneys. The kidneys also produce hormones that affect the function of other organs. For example, a hormone produced by the kidneys stimulates red blood cell production. Other hormones produced by the kidneys help regulate blood pressure and control calcium metabolism.

The kidneys are powerful chemical factories that perform the following functions:

  • remove waste products from the body
  • remove drugs from the body
  • balance the body's fluids
  • release hormones that regulate blood pressure
  • produce an active form of vitamin D that promotes strong, healthy bones
  • control the production of red blood cells

She desperately
needs a Kidney.
Her blood type is O
My name is Carla Wimberly. I am a 43 year old single mother of two sons named Christian and Aaron, ages 16 and 3. Today I humbly ask for your help. Read more...

* African Americans have suffered the most on the waiting list for a kidney donor. We need to have donors of the same background as the recipients. This will help the community by helping people who are on dialysis.
The DBKF is announcing a new initiative which will help a recipient find a living donor. The first recipient is Shirley Farquharson

Here's some information about Shirley. 
Minorities and Kidney Disease
Black Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders, American Indians and Alaska Natives are at the highest risk for kidney disease and kidney failure.

In fact, Black Americans are 3 times more likely and Hispanics are 1½ times more likely to have kidney failure compared to White Americans. Researchers do not fully understand why minorities are at a higher risk for kidney disease.

However, minorities have much higher rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and heart disease, all of which increase the risk for kidney disease. Access to healthcare may also play a role.
Did you know that African Americans are 3 times more likely to experience kidney failure? Because kidney disease often has no symptoms, it can go unnoticed until it is very advanced. But there's good news. Taking steps to live a healthy lifestyle can go a long way towards reducing risk, and early detection and treatment can slow or prevent the progression of kidney disease. Read more and get started...
Other Risk Factors
Find informative transplant resources and support from other transplant recipients (of all organs) as well as those waiting for a transplant.
Your Kidneys and You
Your Kidneys and You is an education program that gives the basics of kidney function, what happens with kidney disease, and how people can protect their health. What do your kidneys do?
Recently Diagnosed
A diagnosis of kidney disease can be scary. Here is what to expect next so you can make educated decisions about your health.  Learn more here.
Start a Conversation About Living Donation
Many people won't get a transplant simply because they don’t know how to ask. Whether you need a kidney or are considering donation, let us help you start the conversation.
Be an Organ Donor

Have you ever thought about donating an organ? Organ and tissue donation helps others by giving them a second chance at life. Learn more about the donation process–and how to become an organ donor.

Support Federal Funding for Kidney Disease Research and Programs.  
Show your support by emailing your members of Congress today!



There is a constant shortage of donor organs in metropolitan areas such as New York City. Give the gift of life by becoming an organ donor.

In kidney transplants, the donors' remaining kidney strengthens to compensate for the kidney that he or she donated. Kidneys from a living donor have a better long-term survival than kidneys from a deceased donor.

Also, deceased kidney donation cannot meet the needs of all patients in this country who need a kidney transplant. The waiting time for a deceased kidney donation may be two to five years. Kidney donations from living donors have always been a better option. More recently, kidneys donated from unrelated living donors (such as a spouse or a friend) have been as successful as those from close relatives.


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The Dennis Bligen Kidney Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in honor of Dennis Bligen, who was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2002.
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