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 . If you have questions or want to get involved in the event or organization, contact Race Director Lauren Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.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.
The 2017 RSN Essay Contest is underway. Applicants have until August 10, 2017 to submit their entry of 750 or fewer words on the topic “Describe a positive decision that you have made about your healthcare.” First place winner receives $500. Find contest rules at http://www.rsnhope.org/essay-contest/contest-rules/ . Last year’s winners are posted at http://www.rsnhope.org/index.php?id=141 .
The Portland Kidney Group offers Peer Support for dialysis patients of all modalities, and transplant donors and recipients.
PKG and NKF will also sponsor the annual Kidney Wellness Fair & Community Picnic on August 20, 2017, and the 8th Anniversary Holiday Gathering on November 5, 2017, in Portland OR.
For details on all three, see the 2017 PKG Calendar at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/PKG2017.pdf .
The Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients (http://kidneysupportivecare.org/Home.aspx) has created a booklet called Planning Today for Tomorrow’s Healthcare: A Guide for People with Chronic Kidney Disease. You can find a copy at http://kidneysupportivecare.org/Files/ACPforCKDbrochure3-2017.aspx .
My Employment Options will hold a free Job Application Tips webinar, titled Job Application Workshop: Application Do’s and Don’ts, on April 6, 2017. My Employment Options is an Employment Network that helps people with disabilities return to work as part of the free national Ticket to Work program, offering Work-At-Home and Onsite jobs in 47 states. The webinars are open to anyone but limited in capacity, so early registration and early login on April 6 are advised. For more information and registration, see https://www.myemploymentoptions.com/ and https://www.myemploymentoptions.com/webinar-registration-page/ .
My Employment Options also offers free personal job placement services at any time for anyone receiving SSDI or non-retirement SSI benefits; apply today on the same webpage.
March is also National Social Work month. We’ve added web pages to the Network 16 website describing a few skills that social workers bring to patients and facilities. Among the many things social workers do are:
- Help manage kidney disease
- Help assure quality of life
- Help with rehabilitation
- Help with education
- Help assure satisfaction
Find the flyer for facilities in this month’s Network 16 News at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html and this month’s Patient Bulletin for posting or handout to patients at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html .
March is National Kidney Month, and March 9, 2017 is World Kidney Day. This year’s theme is Kidney Disease and Obesity. For suggestions about how to honor these occasions, see: