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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

Lost wallet and car stolen– the National Kidney Foundation of Utah helps Utah kidney patients

Dear National Kidney Foundation, Just wanted to drop you a note telling you how grateful we are for this program that helped us with a large utility bill this summer.  On the 1st of July, I lost my wallet with $2,000 in cash from a paycheck that I had just cashed. I think it fell out of my car when I got out to go to the grocery store, and when I came back to look for it, it was gone! Then over labor day weekend, our car was stolen. It was found 3 days later with a punctured tire, and towed to an impound yard. We had to wait until our next pay day to get it out of impound! Even though it was not our fault the car was stolen, they charged us $960 to get the car out of impound. So it is with deeply grateful hearts, we say “thank you” for being the one piece of good news and good luck we have had in a long time. We are so grateful to the Kidney Foundation for their help in getting our utility bill paid so we could buy our meds and keep current on our insurance premiums. God bless you for all you do for kidney patients! Sincerely, V. & B. McMarin, Sandy, UT

1196 lb. Giant Pumkin Drops on Kidney Kar from the Sky

Well, a crane actually…..but it could happen.  If you want to watch them do it, come to HeeHaw Farms in Pleasant Grove this Saturday, October 23rd at 1:00 p.m. (exit 275 for North Bound I-15 Traffic/ exit 278 for South Bound I-15 traffic).  The 1996 Pontiac 6000 being smashed by pumkins (hey, isn’t that the name of a rock band?) will be donated to the Kidney Kars program!  Come have some Halloween fun ! See you there.

Pretty Sweet Kidney Kars Donation I’d Say.

Thank you so much to C. Gunderson of South Jordan for the gorgeous black 2000 Porsche Boxter.  It had a pricey blown transmission, but was in overall good shape.  With a little help from our friends at IAA (Insurance Auto Auctions) the Kidney Foundation of Utah was still able to sell it for more than $6,000 bucks at a Las Vegas Auto Auction.  That money will go straight into Utah medical research, and into the hands of kidney patients who are in desperate financial times because of the cost of their medical treatments, medications, and transportation to and from dialysis.  That was one gorgeous car– and a most generous Kidney Kars donation!  We are so grateful Ms. Gunderson for your humanitarian!

1196 lb. Giant Pumkin Falls From the Sky, lands on Kidney Kar

Enormous Pumpkins, falling from the sky! It could happen….The award winning 1196 lb. pumpkin, grown by Matt McConkie of the
Utah Giant Pumpkin Grower’s association will by hoisting his prize pumpkin by crane above a 1996 Pontiac 6000 at the HeeHaw Farms in Pleasant Grove on Saturday, October 23rd, at 1:00 p.m.  The car getting smashed by pumpkins (hey! isn’t that the name of a rock band?) will be later donated to the Kidney Kars program.  So come, get smashed with us at HeeHaw Farms located West
of I-15 at the Pleasant Grove exit (275 for north bound I-15 traffic and 278 for south bound I-15 traffic).  Be there, or be
square. For more information vist KSL.com about the event : http://www.ksl.com/?nid=359&sid=12662126

Kidney Kars of Utah helped make a difference

 Dear Kidney Kars: Thanks so much for helping us! Ihelped my mother-in-law, Sammie, donate her car to the Kidney Foundation.  You have so well refined the process, it made it very easy. Kidney Kars of Utah was especially meaningful because Sammie’s niece, recently died of kidney failure, and her brother now endures dialysis.  Helping Sammie give her car to Kidney Kars made Sammie feel that she was continuing her lifelong pursuit of helping others, even though she now needs the care of a nursing home.  She knows her car will go to help people like her niece and her brother.  Bless you for helping us to help Sammie, and for making her (and us) feel like we really made a difference for kidney patients here in Utah.    In appreciation, K.E.  Wood (Sammie’s Daughter-in-law)

What a Mom Really Wants

 

Hey! Here’s an idea for Mother’s Day. Give Mom’s old minivan to the National Kidney Foundation Kidney Kars donation program and get that woman some new wheels. That’s right…maybe Mama needs a Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera or a BMW Z4 instead of some lame card and some flowers. Just a thought…You know, because what some Moms really want for Mother’s Day is to drive away in a really, really fast car without room for the whole family. 

And remember, for that old minivan—when you donate it to Kidney Kars, towing is free and donations make a great tax deduction!  For more information, or to donate your car, van, truck or boat, call 1-800-TOW-KARS (869-5277) or donate online at www.towKars.org

 

               

 

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Lighten the Burden and Improve the Quality of Life

Dear Ms. Vetterli:  In the letter, you stated to ‘help lighten the burden and improve the quality of life for Utah & Idaho dialysis and tranpslant patients.’  No truer words about the Kidney Foundation have ever been spoken.  Unless you have experienced kidney failure, and dialysis, you have no idea how much the Kidney Foundation helps in every way.    For every Kidney Kar donation, for every company that donates money, for every generous donor– I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I wish I could personally thank each donor and tell them how much they have helped relieve the huge burden of living with k idney failiure is on me and my family.  I probably would have died 3 years ago without your help with my medications and housing.  I was giving up the struggle to stress and financial burdens I was unable to bear while I was so sick.  I stil have bad days, but I feel like I have you, and the Kidney Foundation donors helping ‘lighten my burden’ and that makes me want to keep fighting to be around for my children and for those who have been so generous.  Thank you so much.  Sincerely, Hazel G.

Dear Kidney Kars

Dear Kidney Kars, I am writing to give thanks for all you have done for me to help me stay current on my insurance premiums.  Living with kidney failure has so many aspects that need to be addressed– always when you least expect it.  Last week, I had surgery to try and place a Peritoneal Dialysis catheter so I can dialyze at home.  This has been a long process to get that to work, and when I got to dialysis on Friday, my fistula clotted, and I needed to have a fistula-gram to open it up again.  This was much unexpected– but so like kidney failure.  Thank you again for the help and burden it relieves me of.  Merry Christmas to your donors who help improve our lives with their Kidney Kars and other donations.  R. Hammon