TKF Supports Tennesseans with Kidney Disease

Tennessee Kidney Foundation Hosts Annual Kidney Kaper Fundraiser
March 22, 2013—Nashville, TN —The Tennessee Kidney Foundation (TKF) will host “Tennessee Kidney Foundation’s Got Talent” on March 23, 2013, at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel as part of their annual Kidney Kaper fundraising event.

“We rely on the Kidney Kaper to fund many of the programs and activities at the Tennessee Kidney Foundation. For example, just last year, we provided $131,000 of emergency financial assistance to over 4,200 patients. We conducted free health screenings to nearly 387 Tennesseans at a cost of over $15,000 to our organization. We want the public to know that this evening of entertainment is for a wonderful cause; it funds the programs that impact the lives of Tennesseans with kidney disease who may not have another resource for help,” states Teresa Davidson, CEO of the Tennessee Kidney Foundation.


Attendees at the Kidney Kaper will enjoy an evening of entertainment beginning with a cocktail hour and a silent auction followed by an elegant dinner and a variety talent show.
Most Tennesseans are not aware of kidney disease. March is honored as National Kidney Month and the TKF is doing its part to raise awareness.
Important factors about kidney disease include:
It is a silent killer.
  • There are often no symptoms leading to kidney failure.
  • Uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure) are the two leading causes of kidney failure.
  • A simple blood and urine test during an annual check-up can detect kidney disease.
  • If identified early, there are ways to prevent or delay kidney failure.
  • Once kidney failure occurs, dialysis or a transplant is needed in order to live.
Currently there are 231,269 Tennesseans are at risk for kidney disease. As of December 31, 2012, more than 9,000 Tennesseans were receiving dialysis in order to live. 2,484 of those people were new to dialysis in 2011.
The Tennessee Kidney Foundation urges all Tennesseans to talk to their doctor about their risk for kidney disease.