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The National Kidney Foundation of Upstate New York is a nonprofit organization that supports those with diseases of the kidney.
The mission of the National Kidney Foundation of Upstate New York is to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.
In June 1981, the Upstate Kidney Association, who organized in a small church, decided the community would be served better by affiliating with the National Kidney Foundation. The National Kidney Foundation of Upstate New York has been serving the nine counties of: Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, and Yates for 25 years.
The National Kidney Foundation of Upstate New York has been instrumental in the fight against kidney disease by providing educational programs for the community, dialysis patients and transplant recipients, funding medical research, providing transportation and emergency funds for patients, and promoting organ donation. These efforts are funded by personal donations, corporate sponsorships, fundraisers, and the kidney car program.
See NKF Touch-A-Thon, the Subaru Touch A Thon for National Kidney Foundation.
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2012-02-22 17:36:52 The kidney car commercials are the reason I don't listen to some radio stations in Rochester. —DamianKumor
2012-02-22 18:12:20 As a person with stage 4 kidney disease, I'm not completely convinced of the NKF's desire to help those waiting for transplants. A live-donor kidney is the BEST for transplant, but the donation surgery is a much more involved surgery than the recipient surgery is, and a kidney donation essentially guarantees that you will spend at least the next 2-3 months recuperating. Anybody who is willing to donate a kidney to a stranger, therefore, is deserving of at least some compensation, yet the NKF consistently rejects any such proposal, leaving the possibility of live-donor transplant limited to those who either have a willing family member, or else those who know a donor that's independetly wealthy and altruistic. The alternative is to wait for a cadaver kidney, which never lasts as long (my mother outlived 2 of these), or else to remain on dialysis of whatever type you use forever.
Sadly, I suspect that the NKF's rejection is due to one of 2 facts:
1)Dialysis is a big business (the AVERAGE cost for dialysis is approximately $1000/week, including all types of dialysis nationwide), and they want it to remain that way, or
2)Charity is itself a big business, and drastic improvements to the majority of KD patients will reduce their ability to stay employed (trust me, it is....).
I certainly hope that the NKF re-evaluates their stance on this subject. —Alex-C