Vol. 3, No. 3                                                                                         April 27, 2010
In This Issue
Kidney disease topic of March 8 CHAMP talk
May Kidney Walks coming soon in Maryland
Research and Scientific Session due on May 20
Rappel for Kidney Health set for June 19
Annapolis KEY screening marked WKD observance
Sante tickets on sale, vendor roster complete
Kidney nutrition spring conference set
Memorial golf tournament set for Salisbury
Upcoming events
Thought for the day
Kidney disease topic of March 8 CHAMP talk

NKF-MD arranged a presentation at the March meeting of local CHAMP volunteers. CHAMP (Church/Community Health Awareness & Monitoring Program) is a successful government-funded community health awareness program that works with the administration of UMMS School of Medicine.

CHAMP members train and organize volunteers to go into churches and community centers to do basic health screenings and host educational events and talks.At the March 8 meeting, Julia Scialla, MD, of the Division of Nephrology of Johns Hopkins University, gave a presentation on "Preventing Kidney Disease in Your Community" to the 25 CHAMP volunteers.
Dr. Scialla's presentation was well received by the 25 volunteers at the meeting. Her PowerPoint presentation provoked many questions, and it was a worthwhile opportunity to deepen awareness of CKD and the steps needed to slow its progression in Maryland. 
May Kidney Walks coming soon in Maryland
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NKF-MD is holding four of its five Kidney Walks next month. The Delaware Kidney Walk took place April 11. Find the complete schedule here
The local Presenting Sponsor is the Charles T. Bauer Foundation. Additional corporate sponsors include American Access Care, Amgen, Bayhealth Medical Center, Brown Advisory, Genentech, MorganStanley SmithBarney, Nephrology Associates, P.A, and Shire. Information about sponsorship opportunities is available here.
Donations can be made directly to the individual Kidney Walk web pages, which can be found here.
Research and Scientific Session due on May 20
The NKF-MD prides itself on spending more to support medical research at its local universities than any other NKF affiliate. To learn what kinds of studies are being funded locally, attend our Research and Scientific Session on Thursday, May 20. The event will be held at the Johns Hopkins Asthma and Allergy Center, 5501 Hopkins Bayview Circle in east Baltimore.
The evening begins with a buffet supper and poster presentation at 6, followed by a guest speaker at 7:30. Josef Coresh, MD, PhD, a professor of epidemiology in the schools of public health and medicine at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss "Chronic Kidney Disease Prognosis: Addressing the Methodologic Challenges of Defining Disease and Outcomes."
RSVP is required by May 6. E-mail Raquel McGuire at [email protected], or call the office at 410-494-8545.
Rappel for Kidney Health set for June 19 


legg mason buildingThe NKF-MD's newest signature event is Rappel for Kidney Health, presented by Over the Edge and Harbor East Development Group. This fun, exciting rappelling opportunity will take place on Saturday, June 19 at the Legg Mason Tower, 100 International Drive in Harbor East.
The event's honorary chairs are Matthew Cooper, MD, of the University of Maryland School of Medicine -- who will rappel -- and Robert A. Montgomery, MD, DPhil, FACS, of the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital.
Sponsors include CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore Life Insurance Co., Johns Hopkins Medicine Comprehensive Transplant Center, The Nephrology Center of Maryland and Legg Mason.


Media partners are 100.7 The Bay, Comcast, CITYpeek, Downtown Diane and The Daily Record.

Annapolis KEY screening marked WKD observance

NKF-MD held a KEY screening in the Council Chambers of the Annapolis City Hall on March 11, World Kidney Day. With the gracious assistance of the Human Resources Department of Annapolis City government, NKF-MD was able to screen 46 participants and bring a deeper awareness of the problems of CKD to all who participated.

There were many helpful volunteers, under the medical supervision of Dr. Bayinnah Shabazz, who made the KEY screening possible. The response from the participants was very enthusiastic.Most of those screened were city employees, who welcomed the opportunity to learn more about the dangers of high blood pressure and the connection of uncontrolled high pressure to kidney problems.
Sante tickets on sale, vendor roster complete
June 13 NKF-MD fund-raiser set for American Visionary Art Museum
Sante logoTickets are going quickly for NKF-MD's exciting new fund-raiser, Sante: An Epicurean Adventure. Sante will take place Sunday, June 13 at the American Visionary Art Museum in downtown Baltimore. 
Sante brings together fine wine, craft beer and spirits and pairs them with delicious food from some of Baltimore's most popular restaurants, such as Linwoods, The Wine Market, Corks, Clementine, Crush, Milan, RA Sushi and the B&O American Brasserie. Sweets will be provided by Parfections chocolatier and Baltimore Cupcake Co., among others.
Some of the nation's most acclaimed craft breweries will pour their beers, including Allagash, Flying Dog, Harpoon, Anchor, Stone, North Coast, Smuttynose and Lagunitas. A variety of Belgian and German beers and wines from around the world will be offered as well.
The afternoon event will include live music from two bands, interactive wine education, guided spirits tastings, celebrity chef demonstrations and a silent auction. Tickets are $75 to $100.
Corporate sponsors include the Charles T. Bauer Foundation, Platinum Sponsor; Vision Multimeda Technologies, Bronze Sponsor, and Paragon Hair Studio, Music Sponsor.
Media partners include 101.9 Lite FM, Comcast, CityPeek.com, Corridor Inc., Baltimore Jewish Times, Style, Baltimore Business Journal, Modern Babies & Children, Perfect Wedding Guide, The Daily Record, Downtown Diane, Baltimore Eats, b! and WYPR.
To buy tickets, become a sponsor or donate an auction item, visit the website.
Kidney nutrition spring conference set 
The NKF-MD will hold its spring Renal Nutrition Conference on May 12. This will be an informative event for renal nutritionists to gain valuable information on current approaches to managing renal disease. Seminars offered will include nutrient intake and appetite regulation for patients with Stage 5 CKD, anemia and the effect of iron therapy, and updates on kidney transplants.
NKF-MD is grateful to its sponsors for their generous support: Abbott Nutrition, Abbott Renal Care, Amgen, Fresenius Medical Care, Genzyme, Northern Pharmacy, NutraBalance, Nutrepletion Resources, Pentec Health, Shire, Square One Medical and University of Maryland Medical System.
For more infomation, contact Brenda Falcone, NKF-MD director of patient services, at 443-322-0375.
Memorial golf tournament set for Salisbury
There are many ways that you can support NKF-MD. One of them is by holding an event and donating the proceeds to the foundation.
golf clip artThe Phillips family lost their beloved son and brother, Michael, to kidney disease last May at the age of 26. Michael, affectionately known as Blue Crab, was a natural athlete and enjoyed playing golf with his brother, father and grandfather.
To keep Michael Phillips' memory alive, his family will hold the first annual Blue Crab Golf Tournament on May 24 at Nutters Crossing Golf Course in Salisbury. The tournament is open to anyone who would like to play. Learn more at the event website, www.bluecrabgolfing.org.
Upcoming events
May 2 --  Salisbury Kidney Walk, Salisbury Zoo, 9 a.m.
May 15 -- KEY screening, Severna Park High School, 9 a.m.
May 16 -- Annapolis Kidney Walk, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, 9 a.m.
May 16 -- Western Maryland Kidney Walk/Run, Rose Hill Manor Park and Museum, Frederick, noon.
May 20 -- NKF-MD Research and Scientific Session, Johns Hopkins Bayview campus, 6 p.m. 
May 22 -- KEY screening, New Shiloh Baptist Church, Baltimore, 11 a.m. 
May 23 -- Baltimore Kidney Walk, Maryland Zoo, 9 a.m.
kevin's concertJune 12 
-- KEY screening, Faith United Baptist Church, Baltimore, 11 a.m. 
June 13 -- Sante: An Epicurean Adventure, American Visionary Art Museum, 2 p.m.
June 19 -- Rappel for Kidney Health, Legg Mason Tower, Harbor East.
June 20 -- Kevin's Concert, Vol. 3, Club Sonar, 5 p.m.
June 24 -- NKF-MD annual meeting, Sheppard Pratt Hospital, 6 p.m.
Thought for the day
"It isn't a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a
calamity not to dream." 
-- Benjamin Mays