Living-donor recipient, advocate receives NKF patient engagement award
The National Kidney Foundation has bestowed this year’s Celeste Castillo Lee Patient Engagement Award to Curtis H. Warfield, a living-donor recipient and advocate, according to a press release.
The foundation honors Warfield’s dedication as a regional leader of several NKF committees including the Kidney Advocacy Committee, Patient Network, Patient Diversity Workgroup and Task Force on Reassessing the Inclusion of Race in Diagnosing Kidney Disease. He also serves as a mentor with NKF’s Peer Program, a member of the board of directors of NKF of Indiana and a member of the board of directors of Home Dialyzors United.
According to the release, 2 years after starting peritoneal dialysis for kidney disease, Warfield received a kidney donation from a family friend in 2016. Since then, he has spent his free time speaking about kidney disease and organ transplantation. His volunteer work has led him to Capitol Hill and the Indiana State Legislature in addition to various speaking events, interviews and article opportunities.
“I have never considered my activities as an advocate as work or an obligation but a chance to fulfill part of my purpose in life to give forward and support others as they live with kidney disease,” Warfield said in the release.
The engagement award was created to honor a volunteer who most exemplifies the patient-centered mission of the NKF. The honor’s namesake was chair of NKF’s patient and family council and a longtime patient advocate.
NKF will present the award at its 2021 Spring Clinical Meetings held virtually April 6-10.