Nearly 26 million adults in the United States have kidney disease. The problem is, most of them have no idea. Kidney Foundation of Ohio, Inc. is a patient assistant based foundation providing care and educational programming to 32 counties in northern and eastern Ohio along with five counties in northern West Virginia.
Founded in 1950 by parents of children suffering from Childhood Nephrotic Syndrome, the Kidney Foundation of Ohio has grown into one of the few health and human service agencies in northeast Ohio providing direct assistance and education to those individuals and families suffering from the effects of kidney disease.
The Kidney Foundation does no research but strongly believes educating the community about kidney disease can lead to prevention. The three types of educational service the Foundation provides include: Community Outreach, Professional Education, and Youth Programming
Along with educational programming, the Kidney Foundation funds patient assistance programs to those “living within Foundation service area, diagnosed with kidney disease, and demonstrates financial need (follow U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines).” These programs include medication assistance, transportation assistance to and from dialysis or transplant appointments, and a once a year $100 emergency grant to help decrease financial burden.
Five special events occur throughout the year to help make it possible for all funds raised to go directly to patients with no overhead costs, along with the support of the United Way.
World Kidney Day (second Thursday every March)
Golf Outing (June 8, 2015)
Blues and Brews (July 30, 2015)
Harvest Walk and 5k (Fall)
If you are interested in attending any of these events, donating directly, or volunteering, visit www.kfohoi.org