2015 Kidney Walk Thank You Video

At the 91 kidney walks around the country last year, we broke some big records — 85,000 walkers, 6,300 teams and more than $9 million dollars raised. That will go a long way to fighting kidney disease and funding NKF’s life-saving programs and initiatives. National Kidney Foundation CEO Kevin Longino has a special thank you message to all those who participated in a 2015 Kidney Walk. Did you see him at your local walk?

We look forward to seeing you again at a 2016 Kidney Walk! You can register today at www.kidneywalk.org

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Kidney Walk T-Shirt Quilt Tells a Story

Keepsake Theme Quilts created a custom Kidney Walk T-shirt quilt for Paulette Burks, development manager with the National Kidney Foundation serving Central Ohio. 

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Paulette Burks

My Kidney Walk T-shirt Quilt tells a story centered around my three heroes: William Diggs (Grandfather), David Anderson (Uncle), & Dr. Samuel Collier Sr. (My Boyfriend’s Father). Each of their journeys is different but all of them have two common factors: chronic kidney disease & me!

I first joined the NKF family as an intern in the Cincinnati office in September 2012. As you can imagine I was overly excited to work for an organization whose mission was my passion. My grandfather was on dialysis most of my life and passed away from CKD when I was 12. Three years later my uncle was told he was in renal failure and needed to begin dialysis immediately. By the time I was an intern my uncle had been on dialysis for 7 years. I knew what CKD was and its effects on my family but I wanted to learn more.  My time as a development intern provided me the opportunity to gain more knowledge on this disease and I will forever be grateful.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t remain an intern forever so I began my search for a position with the National Kidney Foundation! I didn’t find any opportunities with NKF by the time I graduated so I ended up taking a for profit position.  BUT in September 2014 I was offered a temporary position as a Program Assistant in the Columbus, OH office! I wanted to work for NKF so bad that I risked everything by leaving a full time permanent position just to be with the organization I loved.  A few months later I met my boyfriend at a holiday party! He asked me what I did for a living and of course I went on a rant about NKF and how important it was to me. He smiled and said ironically my father is in renal failure tell me more. Since that day we’ve been inseparable all thanks to a little CKD connection.

I’ve had many ups and downs during my time with NKF. I became a permanent employee as a Program Manager who transitioned into a Development Manager. I’ve watched Sam’s dad battle this disease with many complications that have put him in and out of the hospital. Lastly, I was lucky enough to receive a call on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 when my uncle received a kidney!

My quilt represents my journey from a volunteer, intern, and employee of the National Kidney Foundation. It is a daily reminder of the three men I personally advocate on behalf of. I am so happy that Keepsake Theme Quilts were able to bring my vision to life. Keepsake ThemeQuilts has supported NKF with our Cooking with the Stars silent auction and we appreciate their generosity.

Making Life Better for Those Living with Kidney Disease

Inspired by Making Life Better for Those Living with Kidney Disease: Satellite Healthcare’s National Team at the NKF Kidney Walks

Satellite Healthcare teams made their way step-by-step through the U.S. participating in the NKF Kidney Walks.

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Staff from WellBound of Evanston in Skokie, IL, had a great time at the Chicago walk!

More than 30 teams with almost 600 team members raised awareness and funds at 11 walks from California to New Jersey. These teams formed the Satellite Healthcare National Team lead by President and CEO Rick Barnett.

Satellite Healthcare’s Tennessee team at the Memphis walk.

Satellite Healthcare’s Tennessee team at the Memphis walk.

“Satellite Healthcare was founded on the mission that we could offer a full quality of life to those living with kidney disease. The Kidney Walks give us the opportunity to be a leader in the CKD community alongside NKF. Our National Team is a great representative of Satellite Healthcare’s mission and values based on community, respect and excellence,” said Rick.

Satellite staff in Arizona enjoyed the Phoenix walk with their little ones.

Satellite staff in Arizona enjoyed the Phoenix walk with their little ones.

Satellite Healthcare has been a strong supporter of NKF for more than 40 years thanks to the unwavering passion its founder Dr. Norman S. Coplon had for patients with kidney disease. Under the leadership of Dr. Coplon, Satellite sold anything and everything, including pom poms at sporting events, in support of NKF.

In honor of its founder, at each walk this year the Satellite Healthcare teams passed out pom poms.

Left: Dr. Coplon with one of his famous pom poms at an NKF rally. Right: Across the country, Satellite honored Dr. Coplon with pom pom giveaways this year.

Left: Dr. Coplon with one of his famous pom poms at an NKF rally. Right: Across the country, Satellite honored Dr. Coplon with pom pom giveaways this year.

Participating and providing multi-market support of the Kidney Walks is just one example of the not-for-profit’s philanthropy in the CKD community. Satellite Healthcare has a well-recognized, enduring commitment to philanthropy and the CKD community, from funding millions of dollars in research grants to sponsoring kidney walks nationwide.

Dr. Coplon’s family continue to serve as active members of the Satellite family. Above: His wife, Sandy, and his dog, Yonkel, enjoy the first East Bay Kidney Walk.

Dr. Coplon’s family continue to serve as active members of the Satellite family. Above: His wife, Sandy, and his dog, Yonkel, enjoy the first East Bay Kidney Walk.

Satellite is committed to advancing the standard of chronic kidney disease care so patients can enjoy a better life.

For more information about Satellite Healthcare’s founder and commitment to NKF, visit the Norman S. Coplon Memorial Fund.

Two Dialysis Centers, One Kidney Walk Team

Inspired by Team Work: Satellite Healthcare at the NKF Kidney Walks

Half Orange plus half Laguna Hills, equals one dynamic Satellite Healthcare Kidney Walk team called Orange County Half and Half.

“We were all a team doing this together,” Team Captain Candice Brewer said of her team that included Satellite Healthcare’s Orange, Calif. dialysis center and Satellite Healthcare’s Laguna Hills, Calif. dialysis center.

As a Charge Nurse at the Orange dialysis center, Candice knows the importance of working together for a common goal. Every day, she works with dialysis patients and a skilled team of nephrology nurses, social workers, dietitians and patient care technicians.

Their goal in the Satellite Healthcare centers: Making Life Better for Those Living with Kidney Disease.Their goal for the Orange County NKF Kidney Walk: $4,300

Fundraising toward their goal

The team, Orange County Half and Half, reached and then exceeded their walk goal thanks to every team member’s efforts. This included restaurant fundraisers, a recycling program, social media and simply asking for help.

Every bit counts! Orange County Half and Half began collecting items to recycle months before the walk.

Every bit counts! Orange County Half and Half began collecting items to recycle months before the walk.

“I talked to staff and patients individually about it whenever I could. One patient raised over $600 himself and I was just amazed and surprised that he was getting so involved,” Candice recalled.

Cathy Wilson-Bates, an active team member, followed Candice’s lead, raising $800 in her first week.

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Satellite Healthcare Orange and Satellite Healthcare Laguna Hills staff and their families enjoyed bonding time during a team restaurant fundraising event.

“Candice’s energy and excited-ness would just spread throughout the centers. It was a chain reaction,” Cathy said.

The team grew stronger thanks to the support of NKF’s local office, which held regular team captain group calls, walk kickoffs and visited each of the team’s centers in Southern California.

“NKF’s support helped me overcome any challenge I came across, and helped me understand how best to reach out to people. NKF’s inspirational walk video and stories made me feel like my heart was more involved,” Candice said.

One big family

Even patients and their families were excited for the walk!

Even patients and their families were excited for the walk!

As the heart of the two-center team, Candice saw the team become one big family as staff, patients and family members joined in.

“The patients felt, ‘Wow, they’re really connected.’ They didn’t see it as Laguna Hills and Orange. The patients saw the comradery and how positive that was for the greater good,” Cathy observed.

Patients on the team were proud to raise awareness about kidney disease in their community by walking alongside their dialysis center care team. That team includes dialysis nurses, patient care technicians, renal dietitians and social workers. The care team at Laguna Hills and Orange provide dialysis services through hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.

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Satellite Healthcare: A part of the CKD Community

The Orange County NKF Kidney Walk was the culmination of all their hard work, and it was evident to all who put their walking shoes on.

“Attending the Kidney Walk in Orange County was a blast. I enjoyed being a team member of this strong and successful group of individuals who came together to raise funds for and awareness of kidney disease. Our Satellite Healthcare team exemplified our company’s mission and values. We are so proud to be a part of this CKD community,” said Robin Maita, Regional Vice President at Satellite Healthcare, who was one of the 91 Orange County Half and Half team members.

Half and Half team members taking a selfie at the Satellite booth.

Half and Half team members taking a selfie at the Satellite booth.

Satellite Healthcare, a not-for-profit provider of kidney dialysis services, has been a strong supporter of NKF for more than 40 years. The Satellite Healthcare National NKF Kidney Walk Team participates in 11 walks through about 30 local teams.

Satellite Healthcare has a well-recognized, enduring commitment to philanthropy and the CKD community, from funding millions of dollars in research grants to sponsoring kidney walks nationwide. Satellite is committed to advancing the standard of chronic kidney disease care so patients can enjoy a better life.

To learn more about what Satellite Healthcare, a leading nonprofit provider of kidney dialysis and related services, is doing to shape our industry and elevate the standards of patient care and innovation, visit www.SatelliteHealth.com.

HP Tops Kidney Walk Fundraising in 2014!

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Hewlett-Packard (HP) employees have redefined what it means to make a difference by becoming the top corporate Kidney Walk team for the second consecutive year.

In May and June, over 200 HP staff and family members registered for the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Kidney Walks and together raised more than $52,000 to support the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. Their hard work fighting kidney disease in the Bay Area has set the bar for corporate walk teams across the nation.

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my wildest imagination, and it reminded me why I am so proud to work for this company,” said Rebecca Gelenberg, organizer of HP’s 2014 walk efforts. “The employees here truly believe in making an impact in their communities and everyone was so willing to give their time and their money to this important cause.”

For the second year in a row, Team 3Par, a division within HP led by Dan Dias and Dolores Montano, led the pack in fundraising. 3Par successfully raised over $22,000.  Not only did they raise a huge amount of money but they showed up in force with 68 walkers. Independent of employee efforts, HP also contributed $10,000 as a Platinum Sponsor for the Silicon Valley Kidney Walk.

Last year, HP took up the kidney disease cause with gusto, surpassing the previous $35,000 corporate walk fundraising record, while HP CEO Meg Whitman and HP Board Member Ann Livermore were honored as the Bay Area Corporate Walk Chairs. Livermore has a personal connection to kidney disease — she received a kidney transplant in 2005 and has been an advocate for organ donation and kidney disease awareness.

“It’s great to see HP employees build on the momentum and really understand why this is such an important public health issue in our country,” said Livermore, a former HP Executive Vice President. “As a company, HP pledges to Make it Matter. It’s impressive to see HP employees live up to that motto by making a difference in the lives of kidney patients in our community.”

In California alone, more than 55,000 people receive dialysis treatment for kidney failure and 18,000 are on the waiting list for a life-saving kidney transplant. It is estimated that 1 in 9 Californians have kidney disease, and most don’t know it because symptoms usually appear late in the disease’s progression.

HP (3)“Many of us were shocked to learn how prevalent kidney disease is and how many people are impacted either personally or through friends and family,” said Rebecca. “We are proud to get the word out, and to represent the mission of the National Kidney Foundation. The work that they do is so important to our communities, and it is an honor to support them.”

Drum Roll Please…

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We could not fulfill the mission of the National Kidney Foundation without the support of our volunteers and partners.  We are pleased to welcome back Equus Capital Partners and Madison Apartment Group for their third year as National Teams for Kidney Walk.  Both teams started particpating in their local Kidney Walk in Philadelphia and have grown to involve thier staff across the country.  THANK YOU EQUUS and MADISON for all your support!

EQUUS CAPITAL PARTNERS

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Equus Capital Partners, formerly BPG Properties, Ltd. is one of the nation’s leading private equity real estate fund managers.  Equus’ portfolio consists of over 24 million square feet of office, retail, student housing, and industrial properties and more than 18,000 apartment units in over 70 communities located throughout the United States. The firm is headquartered in the Philadelphia area with regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, Boston, Atlanta and Raleigh-Durham. For additional information, please visit the company’s website at www.equuspartners.com.

MADISON APARTMENT GROUP, L.P.

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Madison Apartment Group, L.P. is the multi-family operating arm of Equus Capital Partners, Ltd., one of the nation’s leading private equity real estate fund managers.  Since its formation in 2001, Madison has overseen the operations and management of Equus’ multi-family interests throughout the United States.  Currently, the company manages nearly 18,000 apartment units in over 70 multi-family communities on behalf of Equus.  For additional information, please visit the company’s website at www.madisonapartmentgroup.com.

Go For the Gold

Watching the Olympics wondering what it’d be like to win a medal?  Well now you can ‘go for the gold’ by building your Kidney Walk Dream Team.  Okay, so you might not get to stand on the podium, but you will be making a difference in the lives of millions of Americans who are both living with kidney disease and those at risk and that feels just as good!

To get started building your dream team follow these simple steps, then check out the documents under the team tab for additional tips and resources to help you be successful.

  1. Create a memorable team identity.
  2. Ask your friends, family, co-workers, etc. to join your team.
  3. Encourage your team members to recruit others to join the team.
  4. Motivate everyone to ask for support so they reach their goals.
  5. Celebrate reaching your goal (and getting the gold) at Kidney Walk.

Have some ideas to add…please share them here and you might just see them posted on a Walk Talk Wednesday in the future.

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