BENEFITING: American Association of Kidney Patients, Inc.
The American Association of Kidney Patients exists to improve the health and well-being of more than 26 million individuals affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD), those on dialysis and transplant recipients. AAKP’s mission is to improve the quality of life for kidney patients through education, advocacy and the fostering of patient communities. As a national organization that reaches more than one million kidney patients and their friends and family members annually, AAKP is uniquely positioned as one, if not the most, impactful patient organization in the renal community due to its patient-centered, patient-focused structure. As an organization that is run by patients, for patients, AAKP is able to keep the patient voice and interests in the forefront, making the Association highly regarded by the renal community at large – including health care professionals; patients and family members; industry (pharma/providers) and public policy makers. Each year AAKP brings together the most well-respected healthcare professionals and providers to interact with patients. It is the largest meeting of its kind, allowing patients to have direct interaction with providers and fellow patients. The meeting allows patients with kidney disease to discover new and innovative treatment options, bond with fellow kidney patients and give patients the tools to take action in becoming the leader in their healthcare team. Monies raised during this fund raising challenge will go to offset the free registration fees AAKP provided to patients to attend the 2015 meeting.