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About Renal Support Network
Lori Hartwell founded Renal Support Network (RSN) in 1993 to empower people who have kidney disease to become knowledgeable about their illness, proactive in their care, hopeful about their future and make friendships that will last a lifetime.

Lori was diagnosed in 1968 with kidney failure and knows how important hope, peer connection and knowledge is to survive and thrive with an illness.

An Illness is too demanding when you do not have hope. –Lori Hartwell


NATIONAL ORGAN DONOR AWARENESS MONTH IS NO JOKE!  RENAL SUPPORT NETWORK URGES PRESIDENT TRUMP AND ELECTED OFFICIALS TO GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE!

 

GLENDALE, Calif., April 1, 2017 -- Renal Support Network (RSN), a nonprofit patient organization that helps people who are affected by chronic kidney disease, announces a month-long campaign urging Elected Officials to become an organ donor and make their decision known to the public via a social media post.

RSN is known for kidney themed social media posts on April Fools Day. This year RSN goes one step further and encourages people to participate in a campaign to inspire U.S. elected officials to register to become organ donors.

People of all ages, medical histories and religious backgrounds should consider themselves potential donors. One organ donor can save eight lives. RSN is urging all to email, call or social media post their state and national representatives by asking them to become an organ donor.

RSN founder and president Lori Hartwell and kidney transplant recipient says, “With all eyes on the future of healthcare, it’s important to keep organ donation on the minds of everyone. There are 119,000 people on the organ donation waiting list. Over 90,000 people are waiting for a kidney. Although 95% of Americans are in favor of being a donor, only 54% are registered. There is an urgent need to fill that gap. On average, 22 people die each day while waiting for a life-saving transplant. Every ten minutes, someone is added to the national transplant waiting list.

RSN hopes to demystify donor registration and educate the community on this important choice. In addition, living kidney donation is an option and helps many people not rely on a dialysis machine to live. To be an organ donor it is important to sign up with your state registry. Find out more here.  

Founded in 1993, RSN empowers people who have kidney disease to become knowledgeable about their illness, proactive in their care, hopeful about their future and make friendships that will last a lifetime. Lori was diagnosed in 1968 with kidney failure and knows how important hope, peer connection and knowledge is to survive and thrive with an illness. RSN’s hopeful and life-enriching, non-medical programs help people who have kidney disease and their families.

For more information visit, www.RSNhope.org

 


Celebrating 17 Years of Creating a Special Prom for Teens who have Kidney Disease

 

WHEN:    SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2017 - 6:00pm – 11:00pm

 

WHERE: Hilton Hotel
100 W. Glenoaks Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91202

WHAT:    Prom season comes early for teens and young adults who have been diagnosed with kidney disease, who are on dialysis or who have a kidney transplant. More than 300 kidney disease survivors and their guests will enjoy a delightful evening at the 18th Annual Renal Teen Prom, sponsored by Renal Support Network (RSN).  Themed "Spellbound," the event promises to be a marvelous night to remember, featuring long-time RSN friend and supporter, Jack Black, fresh from the set of Jumanji 2. Other celebrities, including Phillip Palmer, anchor of ABC Eyewitness News who is a living kidney donor will be there as well.

The Renal Teen Prom is inspired by Lori Hartwell, RSN's President and Founder, who missed her own prom due to being on dialysis for all of her teenage years, and who didn't want other teens to miss this coming of age event and have the opportunity to meet each other. The prom brings these young people together to share their experiences, strengths, and hopes. It lets them know they are not alone and that 'one friend can make a difference'.  This event is at no charge to attendees and their guests.

WHY:       Diabetes and High Blood pressure are the two leading causes of kidney failure in adults.  Some causes of kidney failure in children are from birth defects, blockages, urinary tract infections, high blood pressure, reflux disorder and diseases of the kidneys.  When your kidneys fail, dialysis or a kidney transplant is needed to survive. Over 120,000 people are waiting for a life-saving organ.  Many of the teens attending are waiting for a kidney transplant.

WHO:       Renal Support Network is a nonprofit, patient organization that provides non-medical services to those affected by chronic kidney disease at no charge. Visit www.rsnhope.org/renal-teen-prom/ to view videos or see photos of past years Proms.

RSN thanks Astellas, Amgen, DaVita. Fresenius Medical Care, Genentech, One Legacy and US Renal Care for their support.

For more information about RSN's mission and services, see About RSN. http://www.rsnhope.org/about-rsn/
http://www.rsnhope.org/renal-teen-prom/