Primary Children’s Hospital Endorses the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho

To Whom it May Concern,

We are the social workers following all pediatric patients who receive dialysis or kidney transplant care at Primary Children’s Hospital.

Throughout their journey with kidney failure, our patients and their families face many challenges. To offset financial burdens and provide support during the most difficult times, we rely on the emergency funds provided by the National Kidney Foundation. Families are grateful for this assistance, and it has prevented evictions and utility shutoffs during cold winter months.

Our  pediatric kidney patients also take part in the youth camp and family camp offered by the National Kidney Foundation.

These events are important to our kids and families, as they offer an opportunity for patients to recreate together and share their unique experiences. Many of our families have met during these events and have maintained close and supportive relationships.

As social workers, we consider the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho to one of our most valued resource for patients and families.

We are grateful for the assistance the organization has provided to our families. We are grateful for those who so generously make donations or who donate a used car Utah Kidney Kars (towKars.org).  We hope that these important services will continue to be available .
Sincerely,

Casey Stillman, LCSW  & Naomi Ericson, LCSW
Dialysis/Kidney Transplant Social Workers
Primary Children’s Hospital

Intermountain Health Endorses the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho Patient Care

I am writing this letter in Support of the National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho.

I have worked with NKFU&I patient programs for many years as a social worker who has access to all NKFU&I patient services in Utah and Idaho. End Stage Kidney Disease is very disruptive to all aspects of a person’s life. It will destroy finances and the ability to earn a livelihood. It causes stress as people deal with financial disruptions while examining their mortality and having a changing role in their families. The National Kidney Fund of Utah and Idaho has programs that help with all these disruptions.

The NKFU helps with the medical financial emergencies that come up for kidney patients due to the financial hardships of not being physically able to work full time or having to reduce the their work hours.

Over the last year, NKFU&I has stopped a patient’s house from being foreclosed upon, kicked out of apartment, helped pay for  car repairs (so they can get to & from dialysis), they have kept the heat on in the winter, and helped solve many financial crises that my patients have experienced.

The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho helps sick people feel like people!

Their outreach programs like Youth Transplant Kamp and Family Kidney Kamp allow people with kidney disease and their families to meet with others in similar situations. They allow people to laugh and cry together and to be strengthened in their resolve to keep going. I have had patients transformed by family Kamp, they were depressed and alone and when they came back, they reengaged with their health care and worked at getting a transplant. They had a renewed strength to carry on. Family Kamp also helps the patient’s family. It gives them a chance to feel “normal’ and have fun. For many of my patients it is their only opportunity to have a chance to be away from their homes.

NKF is a vital link in helping my patients that are on dialysis.

They are extremely responsive to my patients’ needs. They have programs that help with the biggest challenges of dialysis patients. I don’t know what I would do without them. I am grateful to all who chose to donate their old car to towKars.org, support the Kidney Walk, and who make financial donations which are available to all who dialyze at Intermountain Dialysis facilities!

Matt Groen, LCSW

Thank you for the Kidney Patient Scholarship Aid

Dear Deen Vetterli and the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho,

I would like to take this opportunity to express my utmost gratitude for Kidney Patient Educational Scholarship.  Over the course of my time at Brigham Young University, I have encountered many challenges that many students my age are not required to experience. Such as, protecting my health, and that of my newly transplanted kidney (a gift from my mom) due to Covid. It has  been an unanticipated challenge.  However, I have been able to attend many of my pre-med classes online, thanks to your scholarship. I have received many blessings, not only from my mother for giving me life, but for again giving my life by donating her kidney.  The emotional support of my family, and the financial scholarship aid from the National Kidney Foundation of Utah. Not only has this assistance allowed me to prioritize my new health, post kidney transplant, but has given me meaningful opportunity to seek meaningful and substantial opportunities to connect with others, volunteer, and participate in school in a way I hadn’t imagined when Covid first began circulating in 2020.  Thank you for allowing me to be of service at the Kidney Walk and to give the blankets our family made together as a project, to those still on dialysis.  Thank you so much for all of the work you do.  I know it takes many Kidney Kars donations to help as many kidney patients and families as you do.

Sincerely,

KH (Kidney Transplant recipeint, Sept 2018)

Thank you for my Kidney Patient Educational Scholarship!

Dear National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho,

I’d like to thank everyone for the wonderful work/service you do changing lives; I especially want to thank all those that played a part in and made my receiving this Kidney Patient Educational Scholarship possible. I understand that the majority of the donations come from Kidney Kars donations. So my parents are donating their 2003 Acura to you when we arrive to Utah. I so look forward to continuing my education and one day hope to be a doctor, like so many doctors who cared for me as a kid when I was sick with kidney failure.  I want to bless the lives, and pay the blessings forward!  This scholarship makes this possible! I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to make the most out of y newfound energy and live!

Sincerely,

Kendon H.

Again thank you for everything, may the kidney foundation and all it’s employees be blessed for all their efforts

August 18, 2019
Dear National Kidney Foundation of Utah ,
My wife Nicole and I would like to express utmost thanks for the one time payment that applies to help with our rent . It came at a much needed time and has truly been a blessing and a miracle in our lives .
It has been a hard year for my wife and I. My kidney function started to decline drastically last December (2018). I was treated for sepsis in March due to an infection which resulted in cellulitis caused by kidney failure . In April we were in a serious car accident in which my wife broke her ankle. She was out of work for nine weeks and I was her caretaker even though I was currently sick.
In July my kidney dropped below 15% and I started dialysis. I had surgery just a week earlier to put in my fistula but required  AV access in the chest because the fistula wasn’t quite ready.
Currently I’m in dialysis and doing physical therapy for the accident but also neuropathy and muscle failure caused by sepsis .
It’s been an emotional roller coaster for us this whole year, which is why I described this assistance as a miracle, because that’s truly what it is. We couldn’t be more thankful for the timeliness or help, and for that our hearts are full of gratitude .
Again thank you for everything, may the kidney foundation and all it’s employees be blessed for all their efforts .
Sincerely ,
Matt and Nicole O

Kidney Patient Thanks Utah Kidney Kars Donors for Help.

Over the last year, my life has changed.  My kidneys failed about a year ago and I have had to go on dialysis.
The changes in my life although difficult, they have been assisted with the help of the doctors and nurses at the dialysis center but also with the National Kidney Foundation.
Besides adjusting emotionally to the medical conditions I now face, dialysis also brings financial hardships to a very tight and limited budget.
Besides the cost of the treatments there has been other hardships not anticipated.
I live in rural Utah and the nearest dialysis center is about 90 miles away.  The cost of traveling 3 times a week is time consuming but also expensive for the fuel and transportation costs.
I am very grateful for the help the NKFU has given to offset some of these transportation costs.
This help has come from donations to NKFU from various individual and corporate donors.  THANK YOU for making this a little easier for those of us that are now dependent on medical treatments to enjoy life each day.
Sincerely,
L. Kunzler

Dialysis Patient thanks National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho

Dear Ms. Deen Vetterli,
Thank you for your time, energy, and personal efforts in seeking grants and offering Patient Service programs to assist patients like me
with life essential perks and benefits to lighten our burden while we undergo life saving dialysis treatments.
With my first hand experience, I just started to cry and shake because the Kidney Foundation came through for me again. The MGC – Maverick Gasoline Card
was a much needed blessing in the reduction of my monthly fuel costs. In my situation, I drive 3 hours back and forth to get to the closest dialysis center.
Help with my fuel costs is crucial for me to continue with consistent treatments along with increasing my healthy emotional well being and lifting my spirits too.
Finally, what I love about the National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho™, is that money donations actually filter down to the patients and not
all the currency goes towards the administrative costs.This is a great organization to give your donations to because they really reach the patients.
I know from first hand experience.
See everyone at the National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho™ kidney walk at Thanksgiving Point!
Mrs. M. Whitaker

Thank you Letter from Grateful Idaho Kidney Patient

This is a thank you letter from a local Idaho kidney patients thanking the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho for our patient services.
so, by extension thank you to everyone who has ever donated a car in Utah or Idaho to www.towKars.org
To Whom it may Concern:
Please accept my sincere thank and deep appreciation for your assistance with my Idaho Power bill.
As I have been on dialysis for over six years, and am 67 years old, I am only able to work a few hours each week.  The old doublewide mobile home where I live is inexpensive to rent, but the heating bills from November through April each year are very, very expensive.  Without your kind assistance, I would not be able to pay my power bills for these months.  I try to pay down my balance, but I end up still owing hundreds of dollars every year in May.  Honestly, without your support and assistance, I would very likely be homeless by now. I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart.
With deepest appreciation,
Sincerely,
F.A. Self

Ogden Surgical Medical Society Thanks National Kidney Foundation of Utah’s Partcipation

ogden surgical medical societyDear CEO & Founder Deen Vetterli,

Thank you for your continued support and participation of the Ogden Surgical Medical Society Conference.  The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho lectures by Harry O. Senekjian, MD, Kalani Raphael, MD, and Monique E. Cho, MD, improved the performance and competence of 451 attendees: 161 active MDs & DOs ; 95 retired MDs; 52 PAs & NPs; 55 Nurses, Paramedics & Social Workers; 15 Residents, 9 Doctors of Nurse Practitioner Students and 14 Pre-Med students, as well as 35 guests, which included the Hill Air Force Base Medical Providers.

I will send the Power Point presentation to your board for the upcoming Annual Meeting. Thanks again and thank you for improving the medical providers of Utah’s performance and competence in nephrology. Every year we aim to update health providers on new information medically related and the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho excels!

Sincerely,

Theresa Pushedra

Young Family of Provo, Utah Donates Car to Kidney Kars

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March 26, 2015

In 2003 Yu Young was a bright eyed, sweet tempered and darling high school Junior when she came to the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho’s Provo office as an intern. For two years, after school, she answered the phone taking Kidney Cars donations, made photocopies and filed. She did everything for everyone in the office. We liked her so much, we hired her as an employee once she started school at BYU.  She worked her way through college on our megar non-profit hourly wage while making a substantive and meaningful addition to the staff. She was so good and helpful on the phone, she was helpful and kind in the office, and when she graduated BYU I thought my heart might stop. We had not only come to rely on her, but more, she was our friend.

Two days ago, while downloading the Kidney Kars donations, I noticed a car donated from the Young familiy in Provo that included a cheeky little note in the ‘donor comments section.’ It was from Yu.  She had helped her mom and dad donate their car online at www.towKars.org  I was so touched.

Yu went on to become one of first Chinese Immersion teachers in the Salt Lake City School District and is now the director of all language immersion programs.

I miss her here and I am so grateful that even though she’s gone on to much bigger things, she would, in some small and very meaningful way, remember us! Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Young for giving us Yu and for donating your car to Kidney Kars of Utah!