LUTHERVILLE, Md.– The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) recently held its annual Volunteer Awards Reception at The Baltimore Museum of Industry.
Sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Nephrology Associates, the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland and Johns Hopkins Medicine Comprehensive Transplant Center, the event recognized individuals and organizations for their time and hard work in the fight against kidney disease, which remains #9 in the top 10 causes of death.
“We could not exist without our volunteers whose efforts help us to make the community aware of the life-sustaining role the kidneys play in their health, and of the risk factors and real dangers presented by kidney disease,” said NKF-MD Board Chairman Christopher Simon. “Only this awareness will enable those at risk to prevent the onset of early stage illness and those with early kidney disease from experiencing organ failure.”
With WJZ-TV’s Ron Matz as emcee, NKF-MD presented 30 awards, including the Linda Cameron Award for Patient Services to Christine Leodler, RD, LDN, a dietitian with Frederick Davita Dialysis.
A faithful member of NKF-MD’s Medical Advisory Board and Maryland Council on Renal Nutrition, Leodler was honored for “being influential in introducing many of her colleagues to NKF-MD and urging them to volunteer their services and strengthen the benefit of our screening programs.”
Specifically, her volunteer efforts with NKF-MD have awarded the opportunity for its screening participants to now have nutritional counsel from registered dietitians.
As noted in the award presentation: “Christine Leodler has gone above and beyond this year for NKF, serving at most of our health screenings, and if she wasn’t able to attend, would send another dietitian in her place. She travels for more than an hour each way from her home in Westminster to volunteer for the Baltimore screenings and reach many participants at risk for kidney disease. She frequently serves as a resource (our ‘go to’ dietitian when we have questions) and has put together binders of nutritional information for other dietitian volunteers to use when counseling participants at our screenings. “
In addition to honoring the volunteers, the reception celebrated NFK-MD’s many accomplishments throughout the year, such as:
- KEY: Kidneys, Evaluate Yours (KEY) free community health screenings reached more than 925 people, identifying at least 24 percent of these individuals with a possible risk factor for kidney disease.
- The Kidney Health Risk Assessment (KHRA) reached more than 500 people with information and awareness about kidney disease.
- More than 1,000 people have been reached through NKF-MD’s participation in community and corporate health fairs.
- NKF-MD is on target to raise more than $1 million through special events such as such as the Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk, which broke records for drawing more than 5,000 walkers and raising $345,000. Overall, the Baltimore Kidney Walk has grown to #2 for NKF spring events held nationally.
- The Foundation continued to fund $200,000 to valuable life-saving research in Maryland, which is more funding towards research than any other NKF division or affiliate in the country!
- NKF-MD’s patient emergency assistance program funded approximately $200,000 to meet the emergency needs of dialysis patients and transplant recipients, whose lives have been dramatically altered by kidney disease.
- The Foundation spent $12,000 on medical alert jewelry for patients.
Now celebrating its 50th year as an affiliate, 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. For more information, visit www.kidneymd.org.