The Portland Kidney Group has published the poster for their August 26, 2018 NKF-PKG Kidney Wellness Fair & Community Picnic in Portland; RSVP by August 20. They’ve also updated their 2018 calendar to include two new patient support groups, September 5, 2018 in Tigard OR, and October 3 in Clackamas OR, in addition to their November 11 Ninth Anniversary Holiday Gathering in Portland. Find the revised calendar at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/P/PKG/PKGcal2018.pdf, and the new poster for the August 26 Fair and Picnic at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/P/PKG/PKGpic2018.pdf. They don’t mention the August 20, 2018 RSVP-by date on the poster, but they have in earlier announcements, so to play it safe you may want to call in before August 20.
This year’s topic for the Renal Support Network’s Annual Essay Contest, for people diagnosed with CKD, is Who Inspires, Encourages, or Educates You to Live Well with Kidney Disease? First prize is $500. Winning entries are published in print and online. Essays must be submitted by August 10, 2018. For full information and to enter the contest, see http://www.rsnhope.org/essay-contest/.
The Tacoma Dialysis Support Group will meet on April 8, 2018, and the second Sunday of every month thereafter. For details see below.
PKG and NKF have announced the Portland Kidney Group patient support schedule for 2018. The next event will be their Kidney Wellness Fair & Community Picnic on August 26 in Portland. RSVP by August 20, 2016. See below for details on this and their November 11, 2018 Ninth Anniversary Holiday Gathering.
Donate Life Northwest reminds us that April is National Donate Life Month – see https://www.donatelife.net/ndlm/ for details and resources.
They’ve also announced many new volunteer training sessions and other community events:
- March 14, 2018 – Donate Life 101 and 301 in La Grande OR
- March 19, 2018 – New Ambassador Orientation, Portland OR
- April 11, 2018 – Happy Hour, Medford OR
- April 12, 2018 – Donate Life 101 and 301 in Medford OR
- April 13-14, 2018 – Pear Blossom Festival Parade, Medford OR
- April 15, 2018 – Quilt Unveiling, Medford OR
- April 22, 2018 – Quilt Unveiling, Portland OR
- May 7, 2018 – New Ambassador Orientation, Portland OR
- May 26, 2018 – Tabor Trot run/walk, Portland OR
Find more information about any of these at https://www.donatelifenw.org/news-and-events/calendar, along with more information about previously announced trainings in Portland March 18, March 25, and April 1, 2018, and the previously announced Trailblazers basketball game group tickets on March 30, 2018 (see also the Patient Calendar above).
MEI has released a Spanish edition of their Partner Agreement on Tasks for Home Dialysis (PATH-D), or Acuerdo del Compañero sobre tareas para la Diálisis en el hogar. Find it, for either PD or HHD, along with other useful home care resources, at https://www.homedialysis.org/life-at-home/care-partners.
The latest Renal Support Network KidneyTalk podcast is on My Kidney & Transplant Journey featuring the winner of the 2016 RSN essay contest. Find the audio recording at http://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/my-kidney-pancreas-transplant-journey/. The website also includes links to previous RSN KidneyTalk podcasts.