My Kidneys, My Life: Meet Our Advocates

Nearly 150 advocates from six kidney organizations around the country will converge on Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers and put a human face on kidney disease during the 4th Annual Kidney Patient Summit organized by the National Kidney Foundation. Participants will be united by the affirmation “My Kidneys, My Life” to underscore the importance of kidneys as vital organs. Meet three of our advocates.

Chris Melz

Chris donated a kidney to his friend in 2009. The experience introduced him to the reward of giving and prompted him to become a registered nurse. He’s awaiting the state board exam to receive his license.

Meet some of our advocates.

Matt Scroggy

Matthew became ill during his first year of pharmacy school in February 2009, and was diagnosed with end stage renal disease from advanced IgA Nephropathy. He received a kidney transplant from his older sister.

Ewo Harrell

Ewo was studying in Paris, when she suddenly suffered from kidney failure. She returned home in 2011 and endured hemodialysis three days a week. A year later, she received a kidney from her younger sister.

Don’t Miss

Press Conference on Living Donation

A special Summit press conference focused on living donation will be held on Tuesday, March 7 from 1-2 p.m EST, on Capitol Hill in 902 Hart Senate Office building. Living organ donors and kidney recipients will share their stories, demonstrate the urgent need to increase living donation, and provide hope to more than 100,000 Americans waiting for a kidney transplant right now. Meet the conference speakers.

NKF’s Richard K. Salick Advocacy Award 

Join us in congratulating Kent Bressler on winning this year’s Richard K. Salick Advocacy Award. This prestigious award is presented an individual who embodies the spirit of NKF’s dear friend, Rich Salick, a former pro surfer who underwent three kidney transplants, faced cancer, but still put the needs of other kidney patients ahead of his own.

Kent, a transplant recipient, is a tireless NKF Kidney Advocacy Committee liaison, working to educate his local lawmakers about kidney disease and NKF legislative priorities.

Advocacy and Training Materials

2016 Summit in Photos

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Follow live Summit coverage on the NKF Advocacy Action Blog.

Thank you to our partner organizations