2020 Gift of Life Honorees

Today was the original date for our Gift of Life Dinner. The event is being rescheduled, but we still wanted to take the opportunity to recognize our 2020 honorees, Dr. Rocco Venuto, Ann Marie Tyrpak, Victoria Keidel, and U.S. Renal Care.

Dr. Rocco Venuto is being posthumously honored for lifetime achievement. Dr. Venuto cared for generations of kidney patients in a nephrology career of more than 50 years. He educated others as a professor of medicine at the University of Buffalo and advanced medical knowledge through decades of research. At Erie County Medical Center, he served as medical director of the Renal Transplant and director of the Chronic Kidney Disease Program.

Ann Marie Tyrpak is being honored for clinical excellence. She has served as a dialysis social worker for 19 years. She is recognized among her colleagues as a strong advocate for patients, working with care and compassion to improve their lives. She frequently works above and beyond the call of duty to help dialysis patients. She also volunteers her own time to assist with Kidney Foundation events and community programs.

Victoria Keidel is being posthumously honored for community service. A two-time kidney transplant recipient, she was the executive director of the National Kidney Foundation of Western New York from 1997 to 2003. She worked to educate our community about kidney disease and treatment and to help patients. Later she helped to educate and inform the community near Orlando, Florida.

U.S. Renal Care is being honored for its commitment to helping others and improving Western New York. U.S. Renal Care serves more than 25,000 patients in 335 dialysis facilities in 32 states and the Territory of Guam. In our region, U.S. Renal Care staff work care for patients and have been notable for their work connecting patients with Kidney Foundation programs and services. In addition to corporate support for Kidney Foundation activities, U.S. Renal Care’s employees join in our events and work to build a sense of community.

We are excited to recognize our 2020 Gift of Life honorees and look forward to celebrating their accomplishments more fully when the dinner is rescheduled.