Knowing that kidney disease is a public health crisis that claims more lives each year than breast cancer, prostate cancer or leukemia, a generous supporter has approached the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) with a matching gift challenge.
If NKF-MD raises $200,000 by Dec. 31, the supporter – a private foundation with ties to a local kidney transplant recipient – will match that figure dollar for dollar, providing $400,000 in vital funds for the Maryland, Delaware and West Virginia kidney community.
These funds are desperately needed as one out of every nine Americans has chronic kidney disease and most don’t know it. One in three Americans are at risk of developing kidney disease and that risk increases to one in two over the course of a lifetime.
Furthermore, 17 percent of the U.S. Medicare budget or $41 billion is spent annually on people with kidney disease, and dialysis treatment for an average patient costs $70,000 each year.
NKF-MD serves to make lives better for those living with kidney and urological diseases through free kidney health screenings and financial assistance for patients. It also funds medical research into the causes and treatments of these diseases, and provides education for healthcare professionals, patients and the public.
Donations to the Foundation make a local impact as follows:
▪ $10 covers co-pay
for medication of a kidney patient
▪ $25 pays for blood work of one participant at a free kidney screening
▪ $50 pays part of a gas/electric bill for a kidney or transplant patient
▪ $100 provides groceries for a week for a family of two
▪ $250 buys medical alert bracelets for 23 kidney and/or transplant patients
▪ $500 provides one month of transportation to dialysis for 10 patients
▪ $1,000 funds at least five Patient Emergency Assistance grants
“A $400,000 gift will dramatically improve our ability to accomplish our mission; however, this is only possible if an additional $200,000 is raised,” said Christopher Simon, LCSW-C, MSW, NKF-MD’s chairman of the board.
“Your donation to our matching gifts challenge enables us to double our impact throughout our service area to identify those at risk during our free screenings and inform those who already have kidney disease about they can do to protect their kidneys and improve their health,” said Cassie Shafer, NKF-MD’s president and CEO. “Preventing kidney disease keeps people healthy and saves precious health care resources.”
Having already raised $145,000, the NKF-MD is so close to securing the match. To make a donation to help the Foundation meet its goal, visit www.kidneymd.org or call 410-494-8545.
The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, serving central and western Maryland, the Delmarva Peninsula and portions of West Virginia, is the area’s only voluntary health agency dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of kidney and urinary tract diseases.