Kidney Foundation of WNY delaying events in response to Coronavirus

Gift of Life Dinner Postponed

The Kidney Foundation of WNY's Gift of Life Dinner has been postponed. The event had been scheduled for Thursday, April 2 at 500 Pearl in Buffalo.

Our planning committee is working to reschedule the dinner. We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our honorees later in the year.

The Gift of Life Dinner is one of the foundation's largest fundraisers. If you'd like to support the Kidney Foundation of WNY during this uncertain time, we welcome donations through our website, through our Facebook page and by mail at 4444 Bryant and Stratton Way, Williamsville, NY 14221.

 

Other Delays and Cancellations

Based on input from our medical advisers and the most recent guidance from government agencies regarding Coronavirus / COVID-19 prevention measures, the Kidney Foundation is canceling and postponing a number of upcoming activities, including:

  • The Team Buffalo Transplant Games of America flag signing ceremony and team meeting scheduled for Wed., March 18.
  • The Kidney Disease and Transplant Support Group meeting scheduled for ECMC on Thurs., March 19.
  • March kidney health presentations at the Orchard Park, Williamsville and Tonawanda Medicare Centers.
  • The free kidney health screening at the Amherst Center for Senior Services on Thurs., March 26.
  • The free kidney health screening at the Orchard Park Community Activity Center on Tues., March 31.

We are exploring ways in which the Kidney Foundation can best serve our patients and community health during this challenging time, including conference call meetings and online educational programs.

Information will be posted at www.kfwny.org, on Facebook.com/KFWNY and Twitter.com/KidneyFoundWNY as it becomes available.

 

Guidance for Kidney Transplant Recipients

Many transplant recipients and their families have questions regarding coronavirus / COVID-19. The American Society of Transplantation has a page which answers common questions with currently available information: https://www.myast.org/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-frequently-asked-questions.

 

Guidance for Kidney Disease and Dialysis Patients

The National Kidney Foundation has resources and information regarding kidney patients and coronavirus at https://www.kidney.org/contents/be-prepared-kidney-patient-prep-coronavirus

The PKD Foundation has information on the virus and polycystic kidney disease at https://pkdcure.org/coronavirus/

The American Association of Kidney Patients is offering a free webinar on Wed., March 18 at 3:00 for kidney patients and families on protecting against COVID-19. Registration is at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8011764504607175692

 

Dialysis Patient Emergency Planning

In an emergency situation, dialysis patients should do everything possible to get regular dialysis treatments. The Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Program has a 3-day emergency diet that can help reduce the waste that builds up in your blood if you are unable to maintain a normal dialysis treatment schedule. The guide is online at https://www.kcercoalition.com/contentassets/6270a03f0aef48ee8bb83100f04e37f2/kcer_-3-day-emergency-diet_final_508.pdf