Inspiring Action for Kidney Disease

#My Kidneys, My Life:

Meet Our Advocates

On March 5 and 6, nearly 100 advocates from five kidney organizations around the country will converge on Capitol Hill to “Inspire Change for Kidney Disease,” meet with lawmakers and put a human face on kidney disease during the 5th Annual Kidney Patient Summit, organized by the National Kidney Foundation. Participants will be united by mission to educate Congress about the importance of early detection and treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD), living organ donation, and supporting CKD research and programs. Meet three of our advocates.

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Curtis Warfield

Curtis was diagnosed in 2013 with FSGS and received the “gift of life”– a transplant from his daughter’s college sorority sister – in 2016. Curtis has become very passionate in advocating CKD awareness and organ donation with NKF and the Indiana Donor Network.

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Mary Baliker

Mary was diagnosed with CKD at the age of nine, and has since received dialysis and four kidney transplants. She serves on the NKF Kidney Advocacy Committee, as well as UNOS’ Patient Affairs Committee. She’s also an author of a book that helps pediatric patients learn more about CKD.

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Cynthia Infante

Cynthia received her diagnosis at 15, went on dialysis at 19, and has received two kidney transplants since then. A healthcare practitioner, she understands the impact of CKD from both the patient and provider points of view, serving as a patient mentor to help others cope with their diagnosis.

Don’t Miss

World Kidney Day Congressional Reception

The World Kidney Day Congressional Reception, with special guest Angelica Hale, is being held in conjunction with the 5th Annual Kidney Patient Summit and as a kick-off to World Kidney Day. Join us at the Reserve Officers Association’s Top of the Hill (One Constitution Ave., NE) from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, while we honor congressional champions of efforts to promote early detection and treatment of chronic kidney disease. Click here for a copy of the reception invitation.

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NKF’s Richard K. Salick Advocacy Award 

Join us in congratulating a special Kidney Advocacy Committee advocate on winning this year’s Richard K. Salick Advocacy Award. This prestigious award is presented to 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.


Advocacy and Training Materials

2017 Summit in Photos

Click to see the website for 2017’s 4th Annual Kidney Patient Summit.

Join the Conversation: #MyKidneysMyLife

Follow live Summit coverage on the NKF Advocacy Action Blog.


Thank you to our partner organizations


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