Giving Back: National Kidney Foundation Serving West TN

Giving Back: National Kidney Foundation Serving West TN

The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention, and treatment of kidney disease. Over 26 million Americans have kidney disease, and most don’t know it. One in three American adults is at risk of developing chronic kidney disease. Also, of the 123,000 Americans currently on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant, more than 101,000 need a kidney.

The National Kidney Foundation has been in continuous action for decades increasing awareness of chronic kidney disease and supporting patients, caregivers, and medical professionals.  Historically, kidney disease was not regarded as a major public health problem. Through the efforts of the Foundation, today kidney disease is being effectively treated as a serious condition.

There are no early symptoms of kidney disease. The only way to detect it is to through testing.  Risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, family history of kidney failure, age 60 or older, and obesity (BMI of 30 or above). 

Ben Millrany, a board member at the National Kidney Foundation Serving West Tennessee, shared that the National Kidney Foundation hosts free kidney screenings throughout the Mid-South community to raise awareness and help to identify if patients are at risk for chronic kidney disease, and for those at risk, to encourage them to be in the care of a medical professional. “Whether you go through an assessment at one of our screenings or if your physician tests you, if you have a family history of chronic kidney disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure, you need to be screened for chronic kidney disease,” Millrany said.

With skyrocketing rates of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity worldwide, resulting in a corresponding increase in chronic kidney disease, the National Kidney Foundation’s work is more important than ever before. To support the mission of the organization, the Foundation holds events throughout the year to raise funds and increase awareness of chronic kidney disease and the need for organ donation. The signature event for the National Kidney Foundation Serving West Tennessee is the Kidney Walk on June 1, 2019, at Rhodes College. The Kidney Walk, which is held in nearly 100 communities, serves as an opportunity to educate the public while raising essential funds that go toward research, support for children who are on dialysis or who have received a transplant to attend summer dialysis camp, and patient and professional services.

In addition to the Kidney Walk, the National Kidney Foundation Serving West Tennessee also hosts the National Kidney Foundation Konica Minolta Golf Classic, an amateur golf event that will be at Ridgeway Country Club on August 26, 2019. It’s one of 30 events across the U.S. that provides the opportunity to qualify for the national finals at Pebble Beach in California. 

For more information about these events, kidney disease, prevention, patient resources, and more, contact the National Kidney Foundation at 857 Mt. Moriah, Memphis, TN  38117, by phone at 901-683-6185 or online at or

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