The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, based in Ann Arbor, works to prevent kidney disease and improve quality of life for those living with it. While the nonprofit canceled its Champion of Hope Tribute Dinner and rescheduled its Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo to Sunday, Aug. 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is working to raise funds for a plan that combats service interruptions caused by the virus. The money will address increased demand for patient emergency funding, transition services to an online format, train health coaches, and expand phone services. Those interested can choose to donate to the general fund or the COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund. The foundation focuses on children, low-income families, and seniors living with the disease and other conditions that puts them at risk of developing it. According to the foundation, about 70 percent of kidney disease can be prevented; it therefore also focuses on the root causes of kidney disease – obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. It offers patient services, prevention and education programs, youth programs, and research.
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