EMPOWER.

FIGHT.

HONOR.

MARCH IS KIDNEY MONTH

Kidney Month is a time for Americans to focus on chronic kidney disease (CKD), a silent killer that can go undetected until it becomes life-threatening. CKD is an often-preventable disease that is the ninth-leading cause of death in the United States. It affects 30 million Americans, most of whom are unaware that they have it.
Here are four easy ways to make an impact this month.

EMPOWER.

Kidney disease affects everyone. 1 in 3 Americans is at risk for CKD, so chances are it has impacted you or someone in your life. Kidney disease usually has no early symptoms—it’s important to be tested! There is no cure for kidney disease, but it can be treated, and many cases of kidney disease are preventable.

Saving lives through prevention and education

Diabetes and high blood pressure are the two leading causes of kidney disease. AKF's national screening program reaches thousands of at-risk individuals every year.
96% of people with kidney damage or early stage CKD do not know they have it. 
75 million Americans have high blood pressure.
30 million Americans have diabetes.
"Every person we prevent from having CKD is a victory."

Dr. Silas Norman
Nephrologist
Member of the AKF Board of Trustees
 

FIGHT.

Help AKF provide patients with access to lifesaving medical treatment and protect the rights of those who are fighting for their lives. Take our pledge and donate during Kidney Month to show kidney patients and their families that they are not alone. 

Access to lifesaving medical care

Kidney disease takes an incredible physical, emotional and financial toll on kidney patients and their families. AKF provides grants to patients to help them access lifesaving medical care.
More than 75% of dialysis patients are unable to work.
AKF provides financial help to thousands of low-income U.S. dialysis and transplant patients every year. 
"When I lost my job because of kidney disease, AKF was there for me."

Elaine Milem
Transplant recipient
Member of the AKF Board of Trustees
Advancing innovation through clinical research
Kidney disease is an underrecognized public health issue. AKF's Clinical Scientist in Nephrology program helps young scientists research how to best improve care for patients and reduce the public health burden of the disease.
Caring for people with kidney disease costs our health care system well over $100 billion a year. Yet research funding for kidney disease lags behind other diseases.
Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the United States.
"Together, we can achieve long-term and positive change for millions of people..."

Dr. Yoshio Hall
Nephrologist
Member of the AKF Board of Trustees

HONOR.

Celebrate the life of kidney patients and living kidney donors you admire by supporting legislation that protects living donors and donating to support AKF's important work. By taking action, you are giving kidney patients and organ donors the education, research and support they need to live better, healthier lives.  
A second chance at life: transplant and kidney donation
Kidney transplant is considered the best treatment option for people facing kidney failure because it can increase your chances of living a longer, healthier life. In 2018, AKF’s financial assistance helped more than 1,000 low-income dialysis patients have kidney transplants.
Nearly 100,000 people are on the waiting list for a kidney transplant.
Last year, 6,441 transplanted kidneys were from living donors.
"I know firsthand how life-changing the American Kidney Fund's work can be."
  

Robert Tarola
Transplant recipient &
Chair of the AKF Board of Trustees