PRESS RELEASES

VIDEO SHOWS MORE DETAILS ABOUT DESIGN OF THE WEARABLE ARTIFICIAL KIDNEY 

Posted on October 15, 2014, the Wearable Artificial Kidney (WAK), invented by nephrologist Victor Gura, MD, FASN, from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has been involved in laboratory and clinical testing since 2001 by medical clinicians, bio medical engineers, and other medical device researchers. The present prototype of the WAK is a 10-pound device, powered by nine-volt batteries and worn around the waist. It is manufactured by Blood Purification Technologies, based in Beverly Hills, California.

Researchers have received approval to begin safety and performance testing of the device at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. Researchers told NN&I in August that the trial was expected to begin this fall. At press time, the researchers have not confirmed whether the trial has started. 

NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION LAUNCHES INTERACTIVE NUTRITION PORTAL MY FOOD COACH

Posted on October 14, 2014, the National Kidney Foundation announces their launch of the new interactive nutrition portal My Food Coach at www.myfoodcoach.kidney.org 

NATIONAL Kidney Foundation Expresses Disappointment Over Dialysis Five-Star Rating Program

Posted on September 12, 2014, the National Kidney Foundation responds to the decision by CMS regarding the Five-Star rating program.

While the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) appreciates the efforts of CMS, we are disappointed by their announcement on September 10, 2014 that it does not plan to make changes to the Dialysis Five-Star Rating Program before rolling it out. Instead, CMS will delay the program launch from October 2014 to January 2015 in order to engage in a patient education effort about the system.

NKF is concerned that CMS is assigning stars in such a way that the ratings may not be a true reflection of the quality of care delivered in dialysis facilities, and thus may be misleading to patients. A three-month delay for a patient education effort will only undermine the Dialysis Five-Star Rating Program by highlighting its limitations rather than strengthening its validity. In addition, the ratings will not address key areas that we know are important to patients.”

You can read the full report on the NKF Advocacy in Action Blog.

 2014 Orange County Walk Recognition Dinner

Friday night September 5, 2014 was the Orange County National Kidney Foundation Walk recognition dinner at BJ's in Huntington Beach, CA. Alexandra L. Harrison received recognition from the National Kidney Foundation for her role as the Event Chair as well as a Certificate of Recognition from California State Senator Mimi Walters. Alexandra and her brother Brian T. Harrison have been selected as co-chairs for the 2015 walk.

Comedy for Kidneys at the Laugh Factory

Thursday night June 26, 2014 was the inaugural Comedy for Kidneys fund raising event for the National Kidney Foundation. Pier Merone, NKF Division President kicked off the night, to the sold out crowd, with the introduction of Actor and Comedian Dave Koechner. Also creating laughs for everyone in attendance were comedians Rebecca Corry and Bill Burr. Everyone had a great night and looking forward to next years event.

Kidney Foundation Orange County Walk: Exceeds All Expectations

On a beautiful spring day in Irvine, CA, over 1,300 participants took part in the NKF Orange County Walk on Sunday June 8, 1914. Event Chair Alexandra Harrison together with the NKF organized a fantastic and well-attended event that to date has raised over $113,000.00. The Grand Marshall for the event was California Senator Mimi Walters. The photos are courtesy of Martin Paine (District Director for the Office of Senator Mimi Walters) and Carolyn Haines (Managing Member & Program Director for the Dialysis Training Institute). 

The Los Angeles Walk is only a few months away so it is not too late to register to participate. 

Kidney Foundation San Diego Walk: A Huge Success

Under sunny blue skies, the NKF San Diego Walk went off without a glitch on Sunday May 18, 2014. Event Chair Torrey Larson together with the NKF organized a fantastic and well-attended event that raised over $50,000.00. Here is a list of the top 100 fundraisers for the event.  

 

National Kidney Foundation Kick-off for the Orange County Walk - April 26, 2014

The kick-off event for the National Kidney Foundation Walk in Orange County, CA was held at Dave & Busters in the Irvine Spectrum. Alexandra L. Harrison, the Event Chair for the walk, coordinated the event in conjunction with Natalie Kanooni, NKF Event Manager. Also in attendance was Dawn Jones who is the top fundraiser for the walk.

Alexandra and Natalie

Alexandra and Natalie

Alexandra and Dawn

Alexandra and Dawn

Women Helping Women "Empowering Employment Success" - April 26, 2014

Alexandra L. Harrison was the guest of WHW board member, Nella Webster-O’Grady at this fashion show and fundraising event held at The Island Hotel in Newport Beach, CA. The event was titled Mission: Possible. A random snapshot of some of the attendees follows. For more information on WHW, you may visit their website at www.whw.org  

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National Kidney Foundation Kick-off for the San Diego Walk - April 6, 2014

The kick-off event for the National Kidney Foundation Walk in San Diego, CA was held at Liberty Station in The Command Center. Pictured are Alexandra L. Harrison (left) and Torrey Larson (right). Torrey is the NKF Event Chair for this walk.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Kidney Foundation Corporate Luncheon - March 18, 2014

Alexandra Harrison, Event Chair for the NKF Orange County Walk, is the keynote speaker at the NKF Corporate Luncheon at the Center Club in Costa Mesa, CA. The event was scheduled to raise awareness for the upcoming Kidney Walk at Mason Regional Park in Irvine, CA on June 8, 2014. 

Alexandra Keynote Speaker

Alexandra Keynote Speaker

Alexandra with OC Nephrologist Dr. Eric Wechsler

Alexandra with OC Nephrologist Dr. Eric Wechsler

Alexandra with Natalie Kanooni, NKF Event Manager

Alexandra with Natalie Kanooni, NKF Event Manager

Inaugural Kidney Patient Summit - March 3-4 2014

Alexandra Harrison represents the Southern California National Kidney Foundation at the inaugural Kidney Patient Summit held in Washington DC on March 3-4, 2014. The Summit is being hosted by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF).  Nearly 80 patient and family members representing the NKF, Alport Syndrome Foundation, American Association of Kidney Patients, IGA Nephropathy Foundation of America, The Nephcure Foundation, and Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation will meet with Members of Congress and their staff to share their personal stories and advocate for policies that promote early detection and additional federal research funding for kidney disease.

Featured speakers include former Senator Bob Bennett (R-UT), a polycystic kidney disease (PKD) patient, and Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

A Breakfast Briefing for congressional staff, sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation, with the support of Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI) and other members of the Congressional Kidney Caucus is planned as well.

Alexandra in Washington DC

Alexandra in Washington DC

Alexandra with Bruce Skyer, CEO National Kidney Foundation

Alexandra with Bruce Skyer, CEO National Kidney Foundation

Alexandra with Summit Attendees

Alexandra with Summit Attendees

blessing the boats: the remix - January 23-26, 2014

Alexandra Harrison represents the National Kidney Foundation for a talk back with the actors following their performances of blessing the boats: the remix. 

blessing the boats: the remix is a re-imagining of poet and performance artist Sekou Sundiata’s acclaimed solo theater work created in response to his struggles with what turned out to be kidney failure. This emotional and profound journey becomes an inspiring story of hope, compassion and wonder as directed by Rhodessa Jones and told through the unique interplay of three acclaimed poet/performers who use language, music and visual projections to create a work of healing and hope. 

The Cast: Carl Hancock Rux (left), Mike Ladd (center) and Will Power (right)

The Cast: Carl Hancock Rux (left), Mike Ladd (center) and Will Power (right)

      Alexandra with the Cast

      Alexandra with the Cast

Orange County Register - September 13, 2013

ESRD Patient Newsletter - February 2013

KB Dialysis co-founder, Alexandra L. Harrison in the ESRD Patient Newsletter February 2013 - Edition 1