Inspiring Action for Kidney Disease

#My Kidneys, My Life:

Meet Our Advocates

On March 4th and 5th, 2019, 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 early detection and treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD), living organ donation, and supporting CKD research and programs. Meet three of our advocates from 2018’s 5th Annual Kidney Patient Summit.

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.

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.

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 Video From 2018!

Facebook Live CKD Interview in Congress

Watch Angelica Hale, NKF’s Kid Ambassador and kidney transplant recipient, lead 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!

World Kidney Day Congressional Reception

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

Click here for information on 2019’s World Kidney Day Congressional Reception.

NKF’s Richard K. Salick Advocacy Award 

Join us in congratulating Haley Newkirk, from Colorado, 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.

 

Haley went on dialysis at 14 and is a transplant recipient.  A leader among NKF’s Kidney Advocacy Committee, she is a tenacious advocate for kidney patients across the country working to educate lawmakers about kidney disease, legislative priorities, and to help empower fellow kidney patients to make a difference in their lives.

Support Patients in Changing Kidney Disease Policy

Become a sponsor of the Kidney Patient Summit

NKF Patient Summit Partner — $25,000

  • **Company logo on patient advocate training materials and signage at all events through the duration of the Summit (March 4-6) and the World Kidney Day Congressional Reception
  • Inclusion of logo in supporter thank you messaging on Summit website
  • Inclusion of company–branded item in patient advocate materials
  • *Invitation for 10 guests to World Kidney Day Congressional Reception
  • Full–page color ad in Reception program
  • Company logo on Reception invitation
  • Formal recognition during Reception presentation
  • Recognition in Capital Connection e-newsletter, NKF/NCA website, and social media platforms

Platinum Reception Sponsor — $10,000

  • *Invitation for 10 guests to World Kidney Day Congressional Reception
  • Full–page color ad in Reception program
  • **Company logo on Reception invitation, event signage and website
  • Formal recognition during Reception presentation
  • Recognition in Capital Connection e-newsletter, NKF/NCA website, and social media platforms

Gold Reception Sponsor — $5,000

  • *Invitation for 5 guests to World Kidney Day Congressional Reception
  • Half–page color ad in Reception program
  • **Company logo on Reception invitation, event signage and website
  • Formal recognition during Reception presentation
  • Recognition in Capital Connection e-newsletter, NKF/NCA website, and social media platforms

Silver Reception Sponsor — $2,500

  • *Invitation for 2 guests to World Kidney Day Congressional Reception
  • Half–page b/w ad in Reception program
  • Formal recognition during Reception presentation
  • Recognition in Capital Connection e-newsletter, NKF/NCA website, and social media platforms

Individual — $500

  • *Invitation for 1 guest to World Kidney Day Congressional Reception

 

*Provides opportunity to meet with Kidney Patient Advocates
**Sponsor logos are prohibited on signage for events held on US government property

2018 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.