Donate a Kidney, Donate a Car, Both Save Lives

The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho partners with Yes Utah! and Yes Idaho!

Organ Donor registry to promote organ donation. As of today, nearly 114,000 people are on the transplant waiting list, and over 2/3 of those on the list need kidneys, so organ donation is very important to the National Kidney Foundation. Kidney disease has no cure, only dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant. We opt for the latter if the patient qualifies and is healthy enough for a transplant. If you are interested in becoming a kidney donor in Utah, please visit or in Idaho at

In the meantime, donating your old car for a tax deduction (and free towing) to the National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho is how we can continue to lighten the burden, and improve the quality of life for Utah and Idaho kidney patients while they await a life saving kidney.  So donate a kidney, donate a car, both save lives.  Donate your old car online to Kidney Kars at

Donate the Car, Keep the Memories

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Donate the Car, Keep the Memories

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If you buy a new car over the weekend, donate your old one to Kidney Kars !

• Tax Deductible

•Free Towing

• Benefits over 3,000 Utah & Idaho Kidney dialysis and transplant patients or 1-800-Tow-Kars

I have a car now!

Dear Kidney Foundation of Utah,
My name is Evangeline W. I dialyze at Dixie Dialysis Center. I wanted to say thank you so very much for the down payment on a car. It has been a huge relief to my family and I can now go back and forth to dialysis without putting the rest of my family’s jobs in jeopardy. Being able to get to doctors appointments in my own car has significantly lightened the burden for me and my family. God bless you, Sincerely, Evangeline
P.S. Keep up the wonderful work!

March 11, 2010 is World Kidney Day

Dear Friend:

Today is World Kidney Day! It’s the perfect time to look back and celebrate the progress we have made in the fight against kidney disease.

In 1950, when the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) was founded, people with kidney failure had little hope or available treatments: there was no dialysis or transplants, which meant they simply died.

Today, kidney patients can enjoy rich and productive lives, and NKF is proud to have played a role in providing vital programs and services for these individuals and their families for the past 60 years. But, now we need your help more than ever.

The scope of kidney disease continues to grow: 26 million Americans–1 in 9–have chronic kidney disease. More than 367,000 currently depend on dialysis for survival. More than 83,000 are on the waiting list for a kidney transplant. Every two hours, one person waiting for a kidney dies.

As we commemorate our 60th Anniversary, the need for our services remains critical. Please make a generous gift to our 60th Anniversary Fund Campaign. You can also help us by becoming a volunteer fundraiser for NKF and by reaching out to your family, friends and coworkers

All gifts help us provide valuable public and professional education, early detection screenings, and research into the causes and treatments of kidney diseases. They also provide vital services to people with kidney disease, dialysis patients, transplant recipients and organ donors across the United States.

Happy World Kidney Day and thank you for helping us provide help and hope to everyone affected by kidney disease.


John Davis, CEO
The National Kidney Foundation

1-800-Tow-Kars or

This year the National Kidney Foundation of Utah received around 30 phone calls from donors seeking their tax receipts after they donated to what they believed to be the Kidney Kars donation program.  They have all be adamant they donated to us.  In searching around, we discovered that the a car processing center in California, who has over 300 charity clients–including American Kidney Fund (in Maryland), Kidney & Urology Foundation (New York), and Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation (New York)–had been advertising using the words “Kidney Kars” “Kidney Cars” and “Kidney Foundation.”  We were devastated.  We later learned that the State of Utah Division of Consumer Protection had been after this company for two years to try and stop their operations in Utah. We implore anyone interested in donating their car to please only use the 1-800-TOW-KARS phone number or the website.  When you talk to the phone operators, always ask where they are located.  If they are not in Utah–do not donate to them unless you are sure you want your money to go to that organization out of state.  Also, ask if that charity has a Better Business Bureau ranking on their webpage.  The Better Business Bureau has information about every charity in the state online, readily available for anyone to see and it should be visible from the charity’s website.  Please do not be angry with the National Kidney Foundation of Utah’s Kidney Kars program  if you accidentally donated to some other organization.  Kidney Kars has been in operation since 1988 and continues to be Utah’s #1 choice for car donation.  Please  remember 1-800-TOW-KARS (1-800-869-5277) or!  Our office is in Provo, we look forward to answering your questions about how to donate a car to Kidney Kars.  Towing is free, and the donation is tax deductible.

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)

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.


 J. Winters