AKF Coronavirus Emergency Fund Provides Grants to Recent Kidney Transplant or Dialysis Patients

By ASN Staff

March 25, 2020

Donation_form_safety_net_emergency_patients.pngThe American Kidney Fund (AKF) opened applications for the AKF Coronavirus Emergency Fund on March 23, 2020. The fund aims to provide recent kidney transplant or current dialysis patients who demonstrate financial need with a one-time grant of $250 that may be used for food, medications, transportation, or other treatment essentials.

Applications are accepted online through AKF’s Grants Management System. To apply for the grant, begin by registering for an account on this page. All applications will be processed on a first-come-first served basis, but with the intention to help each patient in need.



Stated in a release from AKF, “dialysis patients are at high risk for serious illness if they become infected with the virus because of their underlying medical conditions and they cannot postpone their life-sustaining dialysis treatments. Post-transplant patients take immunosuppressive medications that increase their susceptibility to diseases like coronavirus. These patients need funds to augment their transportation costs, help with additional expenses to stock up on kidney-friendly foods and to fill prescriptions for multiple months.”

In a statement, AKF Chief Executive Officer and President LaVarne Burton said, “The level of urgency and the scope of need that we are seeing from patients nationwide is unlike anything we’ve experienced in nearly half a century of providing financial assistance to people with kidney failure. On the first day the AKF Coronavirus Emergency Fund was open, we processed over $300,000 in grant applications from dialysis and post-transplant patients. We exhausted our initial funding in one day. But we are continuing to accept applications and currently have a waiting list of more than 1,000 patients who need help paying for food, transportation, and other essentials that they need to survive but simply cannot afford.”

Applications are accepted online through AKF’s Grants Management System. All applications will be processed on a first-come-first served basis, but with the intention to help each patient in need.

“We are asking every individual and company to please give, at whatever level you can, to the AKF Coronavirus Emergency Fund,” noted Ms. Burton, who added, "100% of your donation will immediately go directly to patients to assist them with emergency expenses relating to the pandemic. You may give at kidneyfund.org/emergency.”

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Donation_form_safety_net_emergency_patients.pngThe American Kidney Fund (AKF) opened applications for the AKF Coronavirus Emergency Fund on March 23, 2020. The fund aims to provide recent kidney transplant or current dialysis patients who demonstrate financial need with a one-time grant of $250 that may be used for food, medications, transportation, or other treatment essentials.

Applications are accepted online through AKF’s Grants Management System. To apply for the grant, begin by registering for an account on this page. All applications will be processed on a first-come-first served basis, but with the intention to help each patient in need.



Stated in a release from AKF, “dialysis patients are at high risk for serious illness if they become infected with the virus because of their underlying medical conditions and they cannot postpone their life-sustaining dialysis treatments. Post-transplant patients take immunosuppressive medications that increase their susceptibility to diseases like coronavirus. These patients need funds to augment their transportation costs, help with additional expenses to stock up on kidney-friendly foods and to fill prescriptions for multiple months.”

In a statement, AKF Chief Executive Officer and President LaVarne Burton said, “The level of urgency and the scope of need that we are seeing from patients nationwide is unlike anything we’ve experienced in nearly half a century of providing financial assistance to people with kidney failure. On the first day the AKF Coronavirus Emergency Fund was open, we processed over $300,000 in grant applications from dialysis and post-transplant patients. We exhausted our initial funding in one day. But we are continuing to accept applications and currently have a waiting list of more than 1,000 patients who need help paying for food, transportation, and other essentials that they need to survive but simply cannot afford.”

Applications are accepted online through AKF’s Grants Management System. All applications will be processed on a first-come-first served basis, but with the intention to help each patient in need.

“We are asking every individual and company to please give, at whatever level you can, to the AKF Coronavirus Emergency Fund,” noted Ms. Burton, who added, "100% of your donation will immediately go directly to patients to assist them with emergency expenses relating to the pandemic. You may give at kidneyfund.org/emergency.”

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020