In September of 1971 the Kidney Foundation of Central Kentucky (KFCK) was established as an affiliate of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF). It was started by a small group of highly dedicated and concerned people whose goal was to encourage and assist in basic research programs and to provide services to patients with kidney disease. Educational programs were also developed to create public and professional awareness. As interest in the Foundation grew, so did the scope of its services and activities. In 1972 the Foundation incorporated under the name Kidney Foundation of Central Kentucky, Inc.
As an affiliate of NKF, KFCK was assigned to 60 counties in central and eastern Kentucky. KFCK remained affiliated with NKF until October of 1986. The decision to withdraw was not easy, nor did it happen without lengthy discussion between KFCK officers and directors and NKF representatives. One of the largest advantages of this decision was the independence it provided and the ability to keep 100% of funds raised for use in programs and services in Kentucky.
In the summer of 2004 KFCK was faced with the challenge of relocating. Thanks in part to several successful years of charitable gaming KFCK was able to purchase a condominium in a doctors park near the University of Kentucky. Around this same time KFCK developed a new logo and website.
In the fall of 2006, KFCK began to rethink its place in the community. Over the years the organization had become increasingly patient and community focused. Though not affiliated with NKF for 20 years, the name of the organization still reflected this affiliation. This led to confusion in the broader community as well as with those who worked with KFCK on a regular basis. After careful consideration the conclusion was made that this name did not effectively communicate the mission or scope of the organization. The organization is not a foundation that funds other groups or research and does not serve exclusively central Kentucky. In an attempt to more clearly distinguish the organization in January of 2007, the board agreed to change the name to Kidney Health Alliance of Kentucky (KHAKY).
KHAKY is a volunteer organization with only one paid staff member. One hundred percent of the money we raise remains in Kentucky to fund programs and services that directly affect our patients and communities.
KHAKY’s first priority continues to be serving patients with kidney disease in Kentucky. Working with now over 45 dialysis clinics with patients in more than 100 counties, in 2015 KHAKY provided nutritional supplements to 388 patients; a total of 1249 cases of dietary supplements and vitamins. 220 patients qualified financially to receive up to $10 per month in free product. 505 individuals participated in KHAKY's free kidney health screening program in 2015. Through a collaborative program with the Donate Life KY Coalition, the new “Life Is Cool” program was presented to over 2000 fourth and fifth grade students in 2015. The program includes 10 stations, each teaching about a different organ/tissue that can be donated to save lives. Emphasis on healthy life choices helps students understand the importance of taking care of our bodies. A new initiative, Get Healthy-Get Transplanted, helped 2 dialysis patients overcome obstacles to qualify for the kidney transplant list. KHAKY hosted its 4th annual Renal Conference in 2015 with over 100 nurses, social workers, dietitians and personal care technicians receiving CE credits. KHAKY also added another affiliate group in 2015. Joining the Kentucky Renal Dietitians, the newly formed Kentucky Renal Social Workers joined KHAKY.
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