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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

Being too weak to work has been rough

Just wanted to say thank you very much for helping to pay our Rocky Mountain Power and Questar utlity  bills.  Going from working 6 days a week for the past 25 years, to not being able to work at all has taken a toll on my and my wife.  I don’t remember much about my month in the hospital after my kidneys failed.  Now I have to be on dialysis 5 days a week and have been too weak to work.  It has been rough.  Thanks for trying to make it get a little easier.  — Jeff A.

Thank You for your Kidney Kar Donation

We would like to express our gratitutde for everything you’re doing to help support kidney patients here in Utah.  Being on dialysis is very taxing and puts a heavy strain on the family finances.  Without your help, I dont know if I could afford to drive to a treatment center to get to dialysis.  I still have children at home, and want to be a positive influence in their lives for as long as I can.  Thank you for making it possible for me to continue to lead a productive life and to remiain in the lives of my children, who still need me.  Please express my gratitude to all the peole who donate a Kidney Kar or give money to the Kidney Foundation, they are blessing to me.  May their lives be blessed because of their generosity.  Sincere thanks from a grateful recipient.  – Y. Carillo

Gas for Dialysis

Dear Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho,

I am writing this letter to personally thank you for the grant to buy gas. It is helping  me to get diaysis and without it I don’t know how I could pay for transportation.  God Bless you.

 Thank you.

  Ray B.

Price of Gas

Thank you to all the donors who give away old cars so you can raise money to help people like me. Thank you very much for the help to purchase gasoline so I could to make the trip to Price, Utah to receive kidney dialysis treatment.  Driving to dialysis is 50 miles round trip, and I have to go three times a week just to stay alive.  With the price of gasoline, it has become really hard to be able to afford to drive there.  Thank you so much for your support. 

Sincerely, G. Kiser