11/14 NW18 JBF San Diego Benefit

The John Brockington Foundation will present their 16th Annual Pro Athletes for Life Gala November 14, 2017 in San Diego.  The event celebrates organ and tissue donation and the San Diego kidney and transplant communities, with proceeds to the Foundation’s patient education and patient assistance funds.  For more information on the event and the Foundation, see http://www.johnbrockingtonfoundation.org/ .

11/8 NW16 Donate Life Breakfast

Donate Life Northwest will sponsor their annual Lifesavers Breakfast November 8, 2017 in Portland OR.  The event is the largest gathering of the area’s donation and transplant community.  Donate Life Northwest welcomes additional Sponsors and volunteers.  For more information and to RSVP, see http://www.donatelifenw.org/content/lifesavers-breakfast .

10/1+ Walk for PKD

In addition to the Seattle Walk for PKD which we’ve already mentioned, Walks will also be held this fall in Portland, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

NW16 Donate Life Volunteers

Donate Life Northwest provides classes for volunteers who are interested in supporting organ and tissue donation, called “Donate Life 101: New Ambassador Orientation,” and a followup course “Donate Life 301” for those wishing to become Donate Life Educators.  Fall 2017 Classes will be held September 25 in Eugene, October 4, 16, 18, and November 4 in Portland, and October 4 by conference call.  For more information see http://www.donatelifenw.org/calendar .

8/16+ NW16 PKD Events, Seattle

The Seattle Chapter of the PKD Foundation will host an August 16, 2017 Coffee Chat in Factoria (Bellevue WA) to promote networking among people affected by PKD.  The discussion is informal, but a topic or guest speaker is usual.  For details and to sign up, see http://support.pkdcure.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=101732 .  These events are held more or less monthly; the next one will be September 10, 2017.  Watch https://pkdcure.org/chapter/seattle/ for details.

The PKD Foundation will also sponsor an August 19, 2017 Seattle Friends & Family Potluck Picnic & Lemonade Stand, in Seward Park (Seattle).  Find more information at http://support.pkdcure.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=101846 .

The Foundation will also sponsor the three-mile Seattle Walk for PKD on October 1, 2017 at Green Lake (Seattle).  For details, posters, to register for the Walk or the associated Penny Kids Dash, and to donate, see http://support.pkdcure.org/site/TR/Walk/WalkforPKD?fr_id=1766&pg=entry .  So far they have pledges of $10,000 for the Walk, and they seek at lease $45,000 more to support PKD research and create better lives for those impacted by polycystic kidney disease.

9/24 NW16 Kidney Kids Event

On September 24, 2017, NW Kidney Kids will sponsor a benefit 5K, 10K, and Family Run/Walk in Portland.  This first-annual event will celebrate all people impacted by kidney disease and bring together the community to support children living with chronic kidney disease.  You can create your own team to raise donations, join an existing team, register to participate in one of the races or Run/Walk, or simply make a donation, all at https://www.crowdrise.com/strutyourkidney .  Find a colorful poster announcing the event at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/NWKKstrut0917.pdf .  If you have questions or want to get involved in the event or organization, contact Race Director Lauren Lynn at lauren@nwkidneykids.org or 541-499-2018.  NW Kidney Kids is the only organization in the Northwest focused on serving children and teens with chronic kidney disease and their families.

10/23 NHSN Beta Testing

CDC is soliciting volunteer clinics to beta test version 8.8 of NHSN, currently scheduled for full release on December 9, 2017.  The beta testing period will be open from October 23, 2017 to November 3, 2017.  During this time, dummy data will be populated into the beta website for testers to manipulate within NHSN 8.8.  New data will be available each morning after a purge of all data submitted the previous day.  Beta testing will provide an opportunity for NHSN users to explore new NHSN features and potentially identify issues that can be resolved prior to the full release.  If you have any questions or want to volunteer for beta testing, contact NHSNBeta@cdc.gov with “Dialysis Component” in the subject line.