June 26, 2019
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Fresenius Medical Care Foundation helps NKF expand ‘Big Ask: The Big Give’ efforts

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Kevin Longino

The Fresenius Medical Care Foundation is partnering with the NKF on its ‘Big Ask: The Big Give’ kidney transplantation and living donation education platform by providing funds for in-person training in 15 additional markets across the country.

Since 2017, ‘Big Ask: The Big Give’ (BABG) has provided free nationwide training and tools that help kidney patients and families find a living donor.

"The Fresenius Medical Care Foundation's generosity, and helping us to expand the ‘Big Ask: The Big Give’ programs by sharing the information at their dialysis locations, shows a shared and deep commitment to improving and saving the lives of kidney patients," Kevin Longino, NKF CEO and a kidney transplant patient for nearly 15 years, said in a press release. “The NKF’s ‘Big Ask: The Big Give’ has been a game changer. We encourage patients who are scared, overwhelmed, and frankly, too humble to ask someone to give them a kidney, to let us show them how."

Fresenius Medical Care Foundation (FMCF) president Bill Valle said the foundation strives to help people understand the life-saving power of kidney transplantation by focusing on educating patients, reaching prospective donors, and mobilizing the medical community.

Bill Valle

"Our goal is to ensure that everyone impacted by kidney disease has access to the right treatment at the right time – including transplant, home dialysis, and in-center dialysis – giving them their lives back."

The FMCF is supporting and promoting in-person workshops to be held throughout 2019 in Charleston, SC, Charleston, WV, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, El Paso, Los Angeles, Louisville, Minneapolis, Columbia, MO, Orange County, CA, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Washington, DC, and Worcester, MA.

For information about BABG events as they are scheduled, visit www.kidney.org/events.

Reference: https://www.kidney.org/news/nkf-expands-big-ask-big-give-to-15-more-key-us-markets