I was shocked to find out I would be going on dialysis

Thank you all so much for helping us in a time of need. I am a full time student in college. Making ends meet is tough enough. When my wife and I found out about my kidney disease, it was so unexpected and disheartening.  Being only 24 years old, I was shocked to find out I would be going on dialysis and in need of a transplant.  Medical bills pile up and can be overwhelming.  Every little bit counts.  Thank you for helping to take away some of the financial stress associated with needing a transplant.  Please thank your donors.    S. L. Lewis

Kidney Foundation warms hearts and homes this Christmas

Dear Kidney Foundation,

Thank you so much for paying our horrendous gas and electric bill.  I was feeling so helpless and hopelss after paying all my medical bills this month– not a penny was left over.  I thought our heat might get turned off.  I was worried sick because of how cold it’s been this week.  Your kindness is so much appreciated, it took a load off my mind.  When I get to a point where I can donate to our orangaization, I will.  I would like to help others, as you have helped us in our time of need.  Thanks again.— Signed, M. Macke (Utah Dialysis Patient)

Pick a Real Utah Charity for your Car Donation

Be sure to do your homework when donating your car to charity here in Utah.  There are some organizations with look-a-like names (for example: kars4kids instead of Kidney Kars, or Kidney Fund instead of National Kidney Foundation). There are also charities that fund-raise in Utah, even though they have no local presence and no one in Utah benefits from their services!  The worst, is believing you are donating to a good cause, when really, the middle man gets the biggest cut (some ‘charity’ car donation programs only give about 5% or 10% of the proceeds to the charity).   Call the charity, ask where their office is located, and what percent of the funds go to local programs.  Be sure to ask what those programs are.  Never donate to a charity that you’ve never heard of without first calling the Utah State Division of Consumer Protection (under the Department of Commerce).  The Division of Consumer protection ( http://www.commerce.utah.gov/ ) has information on all legitimate charities in Utah and can tell you what percent of the funding is applied to programs vs. overhead.  The National Kidney Foundation of Utah gets at least a couple of calls a month from donors, who think they’ve donated to Kidney Kars, but in fact, accidentally donated to Kars4Kids.  You might surprised you to learn who Kars4Kids really benefits : http://www.kcchronicle.com/articles/2007/11/06/business/local/doc4730548f382c6122372766.txt  Make sure you know who you’re donating to.  Pick a real Utah charity for your car donation!

Man you guys are fast!

I just wanted to thank you for your quick processing of our car donation!  I am so happy to know the donation is going to a legitimate charity, right here in Utah.  Thanks for making the process so easy.   Have a wonderful holiday. Regards, Natalie S. 

I couldn’t pay for my kidney medicine

Dear Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho,

I have been a dialysis patient for a little over a year.  Since I’ve been on dialysis, we have had to struggle from one financial problem to another (which can I afford this month, my medications or mortgage payment?).  It’s good to know there is an organization out there to help dialysis patients, in need.  Please tell your donors, how much their contributions mean to people like me.

I so appreciate getting a grant to help me pay for my medication.  I don’t know how we could have afforded all the medications I have to take without your help.

Sincerely,

 J. Winters 

Utah Kidney Kars Donation is Number 1

I donated my first car to the Kidney Foundation for a tax deduction back in 1991.  I just donated another car, and the process is faster and easier than ever!  Thank you Kidney Foundation for taking my car!  Say hi to Bronco– Go Cougars!