Financial Assistance

The Alabama Kidney Foundation’s two Financial Assistance Programs provide kidney patients with much needed help during difficult times.

Financial Assistance Patient Testimonial Video

Daily Living Needs (DLN)

Provides assistance to help patients meet basic daily living expenses. 

The AL Transportation Assistance Program (ATAP)

Provides transportation assistance to patients who need help with the high cost of travel to dialysis treatments and transplant-related appointments.

Income guidelines for DLN and ATAP are as follows:

Single person household – $1,400
Multi-person household – $1,600

Social workers at the patient’s dialysis or transplant clinic must submit a request for assistance on behalf of their patient. Applications are done electronically at



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Kidney disease touches all backgrounds and ages; and in its early stages, has no noticeable symptoms. This is why our educational efforts are so important. We address three community needs: patient education, public education and organ donation awareness.

Patient Education

  • We provide free printed and web-based education materials to help patients and their family members understand chronic kidney disease.
  • We host five annual Patient Education Conferences offered free-of-charge to kidney patients and a family member.
  • We host Patient Education Conferences throughout the state every fall.  Check with your local Regional Office for updated conference information.

NEW FOR 2020! The AKF created Kidney Education Videos in place of the in-person conferences. Topics include mental health, nutrition, fluid management and transplantation. After viewing each video, please complete the survey as the link provided at the end to be entered in to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

2018 Patient Education Conference Videos

Conference Highlight Video

Ansley Daniel, RN, PMO Pharmacy

Dr. Thomas H. Watson, Nephrology Associates, P.C.

Ann Rayburn, RN, Legacy of Hope (Formerly Alabama Organ Center)

2019 Patient Education Conference Videos

Conference Highlight Video

Daagye Hendricks, UAB Living Donor Navigator Program

Dr. Dana Rizk, Nephrology, UAB

Dr. Denyse Thornley-Brown, Nephrology, UAB

Dr. Eric Wallace, Nephrology, UAB

  • Our Kidney Keynotes newsletter is mailed to nearly 7,000 households and businesses throughout Alabama each year.

Public Education

  • Provides free resources for community & corporate health fairs, churches, and other community organized entities.
  • Produces free printed and web-based educational materials.
  • Promote the prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease and raise awareness of organ donation.

To Request education materials, please contact us at (205) 900-7250 or (888) 585-1712.

Support Services

The annual Kidney Claus event takes place in each region (Huntsville, Birmingham, Montgomery, Wiregrass/Dothan, and Mobile) every December. Through this event, the Alabama Kidney Foundation provides a useful gift for all dialysis patients in the state. As of 2018, the AKF will distribute more than 11,000 gifts. For many dialysis patients, this will be the only gift they receive during the holiday season. If you are interested in volunteering for a Kidney Claus event in your area, please contact your local Regional Director.


Organ Donation

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A Quick Look


  • 94,674 patients are waiting for a kidney nationally.
  • 1,313 patients are waiting for a kidney transplant in Alabama.
  • UAB performs over 300 kidney transplants annually, including living donors, making it one of the top transplant centers in the nation.

How To Be An Organ Donor

You can make a difference by becoming an organ donor and joining the Legacy Organ and Tissue Donor Registry. It is important to remember that indicating your wishes on your driver’s license is not enough. Please add your name to the registry, and discuss your decision with your family. Registering is simple and only takes a few minutes. You may also call 1-800-252-3677 and request registration forms.

There is a critical shortage of donated organs and tissue.  More men, women, and children are waiting for organ transplants in the United States than ever before.

To help meet this great need, Legacy of Hope launched Donor Registry, a database that documents the wishes of people, like you, who want to donate their organs and tissues upon death. Other states have implemented similar registries resulting in significant increases in organ donation.

For more information on organ donation, visit the following sites:


You can help improve the quality of life for Alabama’s kidney patients by giving of your time. Whether you want to volunteer on a regular basis or just occasionally, your involvement will be appreciated. Volunteer today!

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Participate in the annual Kidney Walk as an Individual Walker, Team Captain, or as a volunteer on walk day.
  • Help us brighten the holidays for many Alabama dialysis patients by preparing holiday gifts at our annual Kidney Claus events, held each December.
  • Volunteer at a Patient Education Conference where patients gather free-of-charge for a full day of instruction on a variety of kidney disease subjects.
  • Help as an office assistance for seasonal mailings.
  • Get involved locally with a Regional Office.

Interested in volunteering?

State Office

(205) 900-7250
David Reeves

North Alabama/Huntsville Regional Office

(256) 975-0000
JoHelene Patrick

Central Alabama/Birmingham Regional Office

(205) 382-6080
Brad Cary

Middle Alabama/Montgomery Regional Office

(334) 430-8716
Shannon Morrell

South Alabama/Mobile Regional Office

(251) 721-0235
Riley Bridges

Wiregrass Area

(334) 547-8467
Lisa Baity