On March 4th and 5th, 2019, more than 100 advocates from 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 6th Annual Kidney Patient Summit, organized by the National Kidney Foundation. Participants are united by a mission to educate Congress about the importance of living organ donation, the importance of immunosuppressant medication coverage for transplant patients and support for CKD research and programs. Meet three of our advocates from 2019’s 6th Annual Kidney Patient Summit. Click here for further information on advocates.
A retired teacher of 32 years, Andrea was diagnosed with ESRD in 2004. A mother, wife and caregiver to an ill parent, she was on dialysis for two years until her son, David, donated a kidney in 2006.
When Erich received his kidney disease diagnosis in high school, he didn’t let it stop him from living his life to the fullest! A recipient of two kidneys transplants, one from his wife Andria, he now owns a company that makes home hemodialysis machines, which he himself uses.
After nearly a decade on dialysis, Melissa received her call for a kidney transplant in 2012. Last year, she was forced to resume dialysis when her transplant was rejected. She undergoes dialysis while maintaining a full time job and as a mother of three!
Watch this recording from 2018 of Angelica Hale, NKF’s Kid Ambassador and kidney transplant recipient, leading a Facebook Live Q&A on chronic kidney disease like a seasoned journalist with Congressman Bill Posey (R-FL) and Congresswoman Jaime Herrera-Beutler (R-WA). Click here to watch!
The World Kidney Day Congressional Reception, with special guest Angelica Hale, will be held in conjunction with the 6th Annual Kidney Patient Summit and as a kick-off to World Kidney Day. Kidney patient advocates will be honoring two congressional champions’ of kidney patients, Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL).
Click here for more information on 2019’s World Kidney Day Congressional Reception.
During this year’s Summit, we will be awarding our next Richard K. Salick Advocacy Awardee. 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.
This person is a leader among NKF’s Kidney Advocacy Committee and a tenacious advocate for kidney patients across the country. This advocate works to educate lawmakers about kidney disease, legislative priorities, and to help empower fellow kidney patients to make a difference in their lives.
NKF Patient Summit Partner — $25,000
Platinum Reception Sponsor — $10,000
Gold Reception Sponsor — $5,000
Silver Reception Sponsor — $2,500
Individual — $500
*Provides opportunity to meet with Kidney Patient Advocates
**Sponsor logos are prohibited on signage for events held on US government property