Tour DaVita and DaVita Village Trust
DaVita Village Trust is honored to be this year's beneficiary of the 2014 Tour DaVita!

This 250+ mile bike ride celebrates DaVita Teammates and helps to raise awareness for kidney disease while supporting prevention and treatment programs to stop the advancement of this "silent killer." The 8th Annual Tour DaVita will take place September 13-17 through the Willamette Valley of Oregon.

Support from Tour DaVita will help DaVita Village Trust complete 18 medical missions, which will expand access to dialysis treatment for more than 330 patients around the world. Additionally, DaVita Village Trust will provide free rapid-screenings for kidney disease to more than 12,000 people in at-risk populations or underserved communities.

DaVita Village Trust will be at Tour DaVita supporting the riders and cheering everyone on! We look forward to seeing you in Oregon!

For more information about Tour DaVita, click HERE. 
Program Updates

First International Screening Mission

This year marks the largest kidney disease screening event and the first international screening for DaVita Village Trust through The Kidney TRUST program.


The screening took place on the islands of Nevis and St. Kitts in the West Indies. DaVita Village Trust partnered with the Caribbean Heath and Education Foundation (CHEF) and the Foundation for St. Kitts and Nevis West Indies to provide rapid-screenings and counseling for more than 2,100 participants. More than 100 people were

The Kidney TRUST team receiving their award of honor from the Nevis Renal Society for their commitment and contribution to the CKD screenings.
found to have signs of kidney disease at stage three or higher. Those found with serious signs of kidney impairment were referred to their local hospitals.


Click here to read the article published by the local Nevis Pages newspaper about the CKD screenings in Nevis.


A special thank you goes out to Henry Schein for 

donating 90% of the screening supplies used during the four-day screening event. We couldn't have completed the screening without your contribution!



Jamaica Medical Mission

Last month, DaVita Village Trust volunteers with the Bridge of Life program traveled to Mandeville, Jamaica to upgrade an existing hospital with 10 dialysis machines. The Jamaica Mission Team consisted of Henry Hernandez, a biomedical technician for the Surf 'n' Sun Division with DaVita; Alan Lambarth, a biomedical technician from DaVita Jackson in Missouri; Kristina Olmsted, Facility Administrator at Everett Dialysis in Washington; and Ann Beasley, Group Facility Administrator from Franklin DaVita in Indiana.


Before the medical missions, the Mandeville Regional Hospital had only four dialysis machines in use, which were in need of maintenance and repair. Furthermore, many patients in the area were unable to receive care since the hospital did not have the capacity or resources to treat them. With the addition of donated machines the Mandeville Regional Hospital more than tripled its capacity to provide quality dialysis care.


On-Track to Reach Screening Goals

The Kidney TRUST program is on-track to reach its goal of 12,000 screenings by the end of the year. So far, 5,002 people from eight states across the country have received rapid-screenings for kidney disease and follow-up counseling based on their results.


See below for upcoming screenings happening in your area or check out our online event calendar. Also, contact us at if you're interested in holding a screening event in your community.


Summer Camp for Kids on Dialysis

This year, the Bridge of Life program is partnering with Round Up River Ranch, a week-long summer camp in Gypsum, CO for children who are critically ill. From July 17 to 24, four peritoneal dialysis (PD) nurses will volunteer through the Bridge of Life program to help kids at the camp who are on peritoneal dialysis to have an enjoyable experience.


We are still accepting volunteers for this program. If you are a PD nurse and interested in helping at Round Up River Ranch, please submit your application HERE


Click here to learn more about Round Up River Ranch and its programs.


Upcoming Medical Missions and Screenings
Bridge of Life Program
This year, the Bridge of Life program plans to complete 18 medical missions around the world. Here are the missions taking place this quarter:
  • India - Work with an existing clinic to add six dialysis machines in Nagercoil.   
  • India - A follow-up mission will take place at existing clinics in Jodhpur and Phalodi to provide maintenance and repairs. Volunteers have been selected for this mission.  
  • South AfricaA follow-up mission will take place with our existing partner clinic in Mthatha to provide maintenance and repairs. Volunteers have been selected for this mission.  
  • Peru - A follow-up mission will return to the newly established clinic outside of Lima to assist with training and capacity building needs.


Today, more than 1,400 people in 15 countries are receiving lifesaving dialysis care and almost 40,000 people have received CKD screenings thanks to donors like you.

Your gift will provide lifesaving
prevention and care today and
help meet the need for kidney care in underserved communities in the U.S. and around the world.


The Kidney TRUST program aims to provide CKD screenings to more than 12,000 people in 2014. Here are the next upcoming screening events:
  • June 28 Chicago, IL  

Vive tu Vida! Get Up! Get Moving!
McKinley Park Fieldhouse, 
Chicago, IL
10 am to 3 pm 

  • July 12: Grand Rapids, MI 

4th Annual ECD Community Day
Estella C Dokes Renal Food Bank
Grand Rapids, MI
11 am to 2 pm 

  • July 26: Houston, TX 

ADA - Feria de Salud
Mason Park, Houston, TX
8 am to 3pm  

  • Aug 9: Miami, FL 

Henry Schein - Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities
Doris Ison Health Center
Miami, FL
10 am to 4 pm 

  • Aug 16: San Diego, CA 

Vive tu Vida Get Up! Get Moving!

Chicano Park - Barrio Logan"
San Diego, CA
9 am to 1 pm 


CKD Stories and News
Dialysis in Jamaica Very Different than in the U.S.

Pictured above is Demar, a dialysis patient at the Mandeville Regional Hospital (MRH) in Jamaica. On days that he receives treatment he travels more than 2 hours one way by crowded bus or taxi. "I leave my home at 5:30 am to get to the hospital by 8:00 for my treatment," he explains.
Demar considers himself lucky. He is one of the 35 patients receiving treatment at MRH, the only free dialysis clinic in the area. Other clinics are for-profit and charge upwards of $100 to $150 per treatment that must be paid up front in cash.
For many patients, MRH is their only resource for life-sustaining care. However, before the medical mission, the clinic was at full capacity with more than 70 patients on a wait list who either do not receive dialysis or pay as they are able to at other clinics for a single treatment.
With the addition of the dialysis machines from DaVita Village Trust, MRH will provide dialysis to a substantial number of patients from the wait list. Many more people who consider themselves lucky, like Demar, to receive a second chance at life.
Kidney Disease Epidemic in Central America


Their symptoms appear out of nowhere: fever, headaches, poor appetite, faintness. Their kidneys are failing for no obvious reason.


Scientists are calling it "chronic kidney disease of unknown origin" or CKDu and it has killed more than 20,000 people in Central America. It affects mostly male agricultural works especially those cutting sugarcane. 


The disease is unrelated to diabetes or hypertension and scientists are looking into a multitude of possible factors including those that are job-related; however, there are no answers to be found yet.


Click here to learn more about La Isla Foundation, an organization working to find the cause of CKDu and improve treatment for those who have it.


Read the full article by CNN about this CKD epidemic.


Changes in eGFR Predict ESDR Chances

As reported by Clinical Endocrynology News, a new study has found that changes of a patient's estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) can tell physicians the chances of the patient progressing to end-stage renal disease (ESRD). 

Physicians have found that a 30% decline of the eGFR over a period of two years predicts a 5- to 6-fold increased risk of developing ESRD over the next two to three years.

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