Fifty years ago, the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona (NKF AZ) was founded with the purpose of fundraising for kidney patients who couldn’t afford the dialysis that would sustain their lives. Today, it provides emergency patient aid, kidney disease education and organ donation awareness to thousands of Arizonans across the state.
Over 600,000 Arizonans suffer from kidney disease, and more than 1,900 patients are currently on the wait list for a transplant. Every dollar truly makes a difference in the lives of those living with kidney disease.
With your community support, the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona is able to provide emergency assistance to kidney patients for a variety of special needs when other sources of help are exhausted. NKF AZ’s direct patient aid programs offer critical assistance in areas of: medications, rides to dialysis, rental eviction prevention, dental care and utility shut-off prevention. Over $9.3 million dollars have been awarded to Arizona kidney patients since the foundation began.
“Without your transportation help, I would not be able to afford Sun Van tickets, and my wife would have to take off work and jeopardize her job. I am now able to get to dialysis consistently… Thank you so much!” J. Perezada, dialysis patient
In addition to patient aid, NKF AZ offers public health education and free public health screenings that emphasize the importance of detecting kidney disease in its early stages, allowing for the prevention of furthered damage. State-wide promotion of organ donation is also a critical part of the programming, teaching others the facts about donation and aiming to close the gap between the number of those on the wait list, and the number of kidneys available.
Find out more about the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona by visiting www.azkidney.org or call (602) 840-1644.
Don’t forget – your gift to NKF AZ qualifies as Arizona Working Poor Tax Credit! Up to $200 for an individual and $400 for a couple may be returned as dollar-for-dollar tax credit, and now without the need to itemize. For specifics on the Arizona’s Working Poor credit, visit www.azdor.gov.