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3D printers to revolutionize the medical field with printable kidneys

    August 19th, 2013

3D Printers to Revolutionize the Medical Field with Printable Kidneys

Kidney Disease, an Underestimated Killer, By Jane E. Brody, New York Times

    July 15th, 2013

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Kidney Disease an Underestimated Killer

Kidney disease is so highly underestimated because the leading causes are common high blood pressure and diabetes. Keeping those two conditions under control (when they can be controlled by lifestyle choices) is a major contributor to avoiding kidney failure. Kidney failure isn’t called the silent killer for nothing. Love your Kidneys! Know what keeps them healthy. What keeps your kidneys healthy keeps your heart (and the rest of you) healthy too. So it’s the best buy one get 10 free deal around.

Thank you National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho

    July 9th, 2013

Monday, July 8, 2013
Dear National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho.
Recently, I applied for and received a financial emergency donation grant from the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho. It was applied to my mortgage payment at a time when it was severely needed. I don’t know what I would’ve done without your help. My only income is Social Security & Retirement, and when I require additional medications or hospital stays it does not cover all our expenses! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this donation/grant. I was able to catch up on some medical bills. I really appreciate all the NKF of Utah & Idaho does for kidney patients, with help like this, all the information you provide on kidney disease, etc.
R. Rudolph

Happy 4th of July!

    July 3rd, 2013

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Kickin’ it with Kidney! Come walk the Kidney Walk!

    June 13th, 2013

To sign up for the Kidney Walk visit our Kidney Walk website here

When you donate your car to National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho’s Kidney Kars car donation program, this is who you are helping:

    May 2nd, 2013

Dear Kidney Foundation,

I will be forever thankful for the financial aid grant I received from the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho this week. I literally have no idea what would have happened if I hadn’t received the grant to pay my debt to the gas company. I could not have survived the winter in my home without heat but I didn’t know how I could pay for it. It was such a cold winter. Once more I thank you with all my heart for the help and hope that you’ll be there for others in their time of need. GOD BLESS YOU .

DJ Burlison

How Long Will You Live? Pee in a Cup to Find Out.

    April 12th, 2013

Whether you’re conscious of it or not, urine has a long history of communicating valuable information. For centuries, mammals have used urine to mark their territory and ward off predators. For humans, the urinary color wheel sends us daily messages about our hydration status: Dark yellow clues you in to grab some water, while crystal clear lets you know you’re probably quite hydrated.

Urine also has the ability to tell us much more about our health, and according to new research may even contain valuable information in predicting longevity. Yes, that’s right — the key to how much longer you’ll live may be hiding in your urine. You just need to know what to look for and which test to receive. Before channeling your inner Sherlock Holmes, let me assure you that the answer is simple. All you need is a urine test to detect protein. This presence of protein in your urine may becutting years off your life, and you can easily expose it by peeing in a cup.

You may be wondering how protein can end up in the urine in the first place. Healthy kidneys act as filters that keep protein in the bloodstream and the body, so most healthy people have very little protein in their urine. When the kidneys’ filters have been damaged, protein can “leak out” of the kidneys and end up in the discard pile, also known as urine. The presence of protein in the urine, or proteinuria, is an early indicator of kidney damage and cause for alarm.

While protein in the urine has long been an indicator of kidney damage, this recent study, examining men and women between the ages of 30 and 85, for the first time showed a link between mild and heavy amounts of protein in the urine and shorter life spans. How much shorter? Compared with people with severe or “heavy” amounts of protein in the urine, the life expectancies of men and women without protein in the urine were more than 15 years longer. They also outlived those with mild amounts of protein in their urine by more than eight years. Imagine what you can do with all that time!

Before your imagination runs wild, remember that you must detect the protein in the urine. Then there’s plenty to be done to preserve both your kidney function and your longevity. Checking the urine for protein involves a non-invasive and inexpensive test, so speak up next time you’re at the doctor’s office, especially if you’re at increased risk due to diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of these conditions or kidney disease.

If protein is found in your urine, your doctor should determine the cause. For example, are your blood sugar levels within the normal range? Is your blood pressure properly controlled?Hypertension and diabetes are two of the leading causes of kidney disease and uncontrolled blood sugar and blood pressure levels can severely damage the kidneys. Pre-diabetes and pre-hypertension can also damage the kidneys, so these conditions should also be taken seriously. If you have blood and protein in the urine, this may be a sign of nephritis, which is an inflammation of the kidney’s filtering units. Determining why the protein is “leaking” into the urine is important because it will help your physician devise a treatment plan which might include a combination of medication regimens, dietary change or lifestyle modifications.

Next time you head to the bathroom, consider what your urine might be trying to tell you. It may just hold the answer to how long you’ll live.

For more information, visit the National Kidney Foundation at

For more by Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP, click here.

5K Race to raise kidney awareness and funds for organ donation.

    March 27th, 2013

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5K Race to raise kidney awareness and funds for organ donation.

ST. GEORGE — Jace Kirk doesn’t wear a cape or a mask.

But the way that the 30-year-old father muscles through the pain, fatigue and frustration of kidney failure makes him a hero to those who love him.

“He’s my role model,” said his mom, Bobbi Kirk. “It’s really hard for him. He goes to dialysis in the morning (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and is there until 9 o’clock and then he goes straight to work. The (medical) people tell him that most people go home and go to bed because they’re so worn out after dialysis. But he goes and does a very physically demanding job. He’s an amazing person.” And if there is anything the world needs, it is more amazing people.

“It’s going to take a miracle to get him a kidney,” said his mom. “So building awareness is how we’re doing it.”

Because Jace Kirk has had a blockage from birth that led to his kidney failure, his family has been fundraising for medical procedures for most of his life. This Saturday they’ll host and participate in the Kidney for Kirk Hero Dash 5K in St. George. Participants can dress up in costumes — or not — and run 3.2 miles to help the Kirk family cover medical expenses and raise awareness about organ donation.

“The response has been overwhelmingly good,” said Bobbi Kirk. “It’s very refreshing to know people out there care about people they don’t even know.” A local radio station airs ads about the fundraisers, and when it does, Bobbi said she gets calls from people about how to sign up to be an organ donor. She knows firsthand what it’s like to be a donor because she gave Kirk one of her kidneys when he was 16.

“We knew when he reached puberty, he would need a transplant,” she said. “He was able to use it for 12 years, but he’s been on dialysis since 2010.” Kidney transplants usually last 10 to 15 years, but in Jace’s case, his body also began producing antibodies that made it difficult for him to accept a donation. His blood basically fights most other tissue types, his mom said.

Which is why the family is now praying for a miracle.

And while they hope for the best, they work to educate others about the value in organ donation and how to go about becoming a donor.

“To me the awareness, bringing this issue to the community, is so wonderful,” she said. “There are so many people on transplant lists and people need to be aware of how they can help.”

In Kirk’s case, his cousins already started a race series that each focused on different charities. Skyline alums Reza Pazooki and StevieAnn Nance co-founded the Flash Dash series with a race in Sugarhouse Park in December of 2012. Pazooki’s sister, Jackie Rock, asked if she could participate, and they made her a partner in February 2013. Their goal with the series was to hold races that benefited charities.

“The idea of being a part of something where the focus is about benefiting the community as a whole was really appealing,” said Rock, who is a mental health therapist in Utah. “It’s not about competition. It’s about coming together as a community for a common cause. It’s about helping yourself and helping each other.”

The Kidney for Kirk Hero Dash on Saturday, March 30, will be the first of the 5K series here in Utah, but they’ve already scheduled two others. The Dodgeball Dash in Sugarhouse Park on April 13 will benefit Best Friends Animal Shelter, and the Dodo Dash on May 4 will benefit the Utah Food Bank.

Each of the races will be capped at 1,000 participants, all of whom pay $25 to run. There are always extras, mostly provided by sponsors, who support the idea of giving any and all money raised by the races to the respective charities. Each racer will receive a race bag, but T-shirts are optional. Sponsors fill the goodie bags and offer prizes that are designed to match the theme of each race. Kids 11 and under are free, so families can do something healthy and emotionally uplifting together.

“We loved the idea of being able to donate all of the money to charity,” Rock said. “We wanted this to be a great experience for runners. But we wanted them to feel good about contributing to something worthwhile too.”

Bobbi Kirk is thrilled that Kirk’s race will be part of the Flash Dash Series, and she hopes that not only will it help her son, his wife and their 3-year-old son Trevin, financially, but that it also might move others to find out how they can help those suffering from organ failure.

“That’s really what we want, to raise awareness,” said Bobbi. “People want to help.” And hopefully, on the day before Easter, people will want to take some time to run a few miles for a young father and a great cause.

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Ruth Stopped Dialysis on 2/4/2013

    March 14th, 2013

March 14, 2013

Dear Ms. Vetterli,

Recently, the National Kidney Foundation granted a request of Ruth F. to pay property taxes for her mother’s home, where Ruth had lived for the last several years.  Ruth requested this grant as she planned to stop dialysis and was concerned about her mother’s financial affairs after she passed away.  Ruth’s request was granted on 2/6/2013.  She stopped dialysis on 2/4/2014 and died on 2/13/2013.  Ruth did not have a chance to write a letter, but was so appreciative that her request was granted. Thanks to the NKF, she had comfort knowing that she was providing some security for her mother.

Thank you for everything you do for Kidney Patients.


Theresa  Forte, LSCW

Department of Veterans Affairs

Medical Center, SLC, Utah


I have a car now!

    February 25th, 2013

Dear Kidney Foundation of Utah,
My name is Evangeline W. I dialyze at Dixie Dialysis Center. I wanted to say thank you so very much for the down payment on a car. It has been a huge relief to my family and I can now go back and forth to dialysis without putting the rest of my family’s jobs in jeopardy. Being able to get to doctors appointments in my own car has significantly lightened the burden for me and my family. God bless you, Sincerely, Evangeline
P.S. Keep up the wonderful work!