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National Kidney Foundation of Maryland NewsletterDecember 1, 2011
In This Issue
We've Moved!
KEY Screenings 2011
Beyond Dialysis 2011
Liberty Mutual Invitational Golf Tournament 2011
Ballers Memorial Golf Tournament 2011
Western Maryland Kidney Ride 2011
Kidney Walks 2012
Rappel for Kidney Health 2012
Santé: Spoil Your Palate 2012
Three New Staff Members Join NKF-MD
Caramel Apple Cupcake Recipe
Grotto Pizza Fundraiser
Applebee's Fundraiser Breakfast
 We've Moved!

We just wanted you to know that our office has moved and our contact information has changed. Please make a note of the information.


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Heaver Plaza 

1301 York Rd.
Suite 404

Lutherville MD 21093


Our phone and fax numbers will remain the same: (410) 494-8545 (p), (410) 494-8549 (f).

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As the Holiday Season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and on those who have helped to shape our organization in a most significant and special  way. We value our relationship with you and look forward to working with you in the year to come. We wish you a very happy Holiday Season and a New Year filled with peace and prosperity.



National Kidney Foundation of Maryland

KEY Screenings

Kidneys: Evaluate Yours 2011


With the help of numerous dedicated and generous volunteers, NKF-MD was able to go into many communities of its service area, bringing a message of kidney health awareness and providing a free screening for the early warning signs of kidney disease.Community doctors, nurses and volunteers helped us screen 568 people from Easton to Frederick and Annapolis to Essex, in addition to several KEYs in the high risk area of Baltimore City. Of the 568 people screened in 2011, 145 had "significant results".Significant results (uncontrolled high blood pressure and glucose levels, for ex.) translate into a higher risk of kidney damage which should be followed up with the participant's personal doctor.NKF-MD's goal for 2012 is to have many more KEY screenings in areas we haven't yet visited. Please keep your eye out for the 2012 schedule on our website shortly after the new year. 


Beyond Dialysis


Thanks to our incredibly generous Sponsors (DaVita,Inc.; Fresenius Medical Care; Genentech; University of Maryland Medical Center, Division of Transplantation; Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center; Genzyme) and Vendors (Northern Pharmacy; NxStage; American Access Care) we were able to again offer three Beyond Dialysis Events for the patients in Baltimore (Martins West), Hagerstown (Hagerstown Hotel and Conference Center) and  Milford, DE (at Milford Senior Center) over three consecutive Sundays in October. The luncheon events provided a free afternoon of food, education, inspiration and sharing for the patients and their guests. It was an opportunity for patients to separate themselves from their daily struggles with dialysis and have a chance to relax and re-energize. This year's three events gave almost 850 people a valued chance for inspiration through compelling speakers and relaxation. We have been hearing comments of appreciation from the participants and social workers and know that this effort has affected many lives for the better!

21st Annual Invitational Golf Tournament




We held our 21st annual golf tournament, the Liberty Mutual Invitational, on Tuesday, September 13th at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace, MD. The weather cooperated and our participants and volunteers seemed to enjoy the event. Many thanks to our generous sponsors: Boston Financial Data Services, Broadridge, DST Output, DST Systems, Havana Club, The J M. Smucker Company, Presidio, State Street and Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. We cannot hold this event without the support of our volunteers and we are most appreciative of their time and energy, for without their help, this event would not be a success. Congratulations to the winning foursome of Noah W., Scott H., Scott K. and Jim W. who will travel to Pinehurst, NC in March 2012 to play in the National Finals.  



3rd Annual Ballers Golf Tournament


The Department of Energy's 3rd annual Ballers Memorial Golf Tournament was held on Thursday, September 22nd at Worthington Manor Golf Club in Urbana, MD. This third-party event is held in memory of a former DOE co-worker and the proceeds benefit the NKF-MD's growing programs and services provided to the community. Many thanks for their continuous generosity and support in raising $18,000 for the NKF-MD.

Western Maryland Kidney Ride a Success!


Thanks to all of the Riders in the 3rd annual Western Maryland Kidney Ride - Ride with Mountain Thunder held in Cumberland and Frostburg, Maryland along the Great Allegany Trail to benefit NKF-MD. Over $15,000 was raised to support our mission. Details are being developed for an even bigger and better Ride in 2012. Pictured here are several of the riders getting ready to take off.


Kidney Ride 2011

It's time for the 2012 Kidney Walks!


The Kidney Walk is a fun, inspiring community fundraiser that calls attention to the prevention of kidney disease and the need for organ donation. It's also an opportunity for patients, family, friends and businesses to come together.

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Everyone Can Walk! Our non-competitive Kidney Walks are open to all ages, so bring the family along. All you have to do is fundraise and walk.

Click here to register now.


Over 26 million Americans - that's 1 in 9 adults - have chronic kidney disease, and most are not aware of it. Because symptoms may not appear until the kidneys are actually failing, millions of people with kidney damage remain unaware and are not taking steps to protect the health of their kidneys.

Save the Date for our Signature Event:

 Rappel for Kidney Health  


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Do you want to make an impact on kidney disease in an extraordinary way? How much more extreme can you get than to Rappel for Kidney Health? Join the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland for our 4th annual event on Saturday, June 9, 2012 for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rappel down the Canton Crossing Tower, 1501 South Clinton Street, Baltimore, MD 21224.

This opportunity is available to anyone wanting to give back and get a rush of adrenaline. Participants will undergo a training session on event day, receive their own fundraising Web page, and get photographed while rappelling. Proceeds will benefit NKF-MD's patient services, education and research efforts. Sign up today at www.kidneymd.org or call


 Save the Date for our Premiere Event:

Santé: Spoil Your Palate   


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As Baltimore's premier food and beverage pairing event, our 3rd annual Santé: Spoil Your Palate event, presented by the Charles T. Bauer Foundation, will bring together Baltimore's best cuisine, prepared by some of its most acclaimed chefs.  Guests will enjoy wonderful music, and the finest craft beer, wine and spirits available, while having the opportunity to bid on fabulous items in the silent auction. The event will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at the B&O Railroad Museum. More details will be available in the coming months.

Three NKF-MD Staff Join Our Team!

  Christie Vera, Director of Development and Marketing - Christie joins NKF-MD after serving the March of Dimes for the past six years. In addition to overseeing the development department and managing the Baltimore Kidney Walk, she is responsible for developing a statewide marketing and communications campaign for development and programs/patient services. She also will oversee website management, utilizing social networking tools to expand marketing efforts and drive fundraising. A Pace University graduate, Christie currently serves on Towson University's nonprofit Leadership Alliance Advisory Board. She resides in Baltimore City with husband, Reyes, and their son, Hudson.

Melissa Clark, Director of Field Services for Western Maryland & the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia - Melissa joins NKF-MD from the March of Dimes where she served as the regional director of fundraising, overseeing 13 states. At NKF-MD, her responsibilities include developing, directing and overseeing NKF-MD's fundraising and marketing activities in four Maryland counties and seven West Virginia counties. Melissa will also plan and implement at least two annual fundraising events and two patient services events. A Frostburg State University graduate, Melissa serves on the board of directors for Frankfort High School Athletic Boosters and University of Maryland Extension, and is an active member of Leadership Allegany's steering committee and alumni association and the Western Maryland Health System Auxiliary.


Jennifer Anderson, Administrative Specialist - Jennifer rejoins the NKF-MD team after working in the finance industry for the past six years. At NKF-MD, she will be responsible for supporting the Administrative and Programming and Advocacy Departments. She worked previously in 2004 and 2005 supporting the same departments and is excited to return to the non-profit sector. Jennifer is a University of Maryland Baltimore County alum and currently resides in Dundalk, Maryland.

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced

1/4 cup caramel flavored syrup - sugar free
1 yellow cake mix, sugar free
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1/2 cup water


Microwave diced apples for five to six minutes, until they are soft.  Smash them with a potato masher and let cool to room temperature.  In a mixing bowl, add cake mix, apples, caramel flavored syrup, eggs, oil and water.  Mix on low for 1 minute and mix on medium-high for 2 minutes, scraping the bowl to make sure the batter is completely mixed.  Fill 24 cup cake liners with 2/3 fill of batter and bake at 325 F for 20 to 30 minutes.  Use a toothpick to stick in the middle to check for doneness. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cupcakes are done.



8 oz of Sugar Free Vanilla Frosting
2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons of caramel flavored syrup, sugar free
4 1/2 oz Jellybeans 
Beat frosting with caramel flavoring.  Frost cupcakes and sprinkle the tops with jellybeans.

This recipe, submitted by CKD patient and chef Duane Sunwold, is healthy for those on dialysis and those with diabetes or a kidney transplant.  For more kidney-friendly recipes, visit the Kidney Kitchen.


Grotto Pizza Fundraiser

Grand Slam, Lewes, 17467 Shady Road, Lewes, DE 19958

 For more information, contact Grotto Pizza at (302) 645-4900

Applebee's Fundraiser Breakfast
You're invited to an Applebee's® Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast to support National Kidney Foundation of Maryland serving Delaware: Kent and Sussex Counties!


WHEN: Sunday, February 19, 2012, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar
36501 Seaside Outlet Blvd., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971  
$7.00 per Person ($4.00  for Children under 12)
For More Information: 
Contact Kathy McCurdy at (908) 310-3560 or
Lois Morgan at (410) 546-1969
Valid only at participating restaurant listed above. Ticket valid for pancake event only. Applebee's menu items are not included as part of purchase. 
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About the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland


The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.


National Kidney Foundation of Maryland
Heaver Plaza
1301 York Road, Suite 404
Lutherville, MD 21093
Phone: (410) 494-8545
Fax: (410) 494-8549