Financial Assistance

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

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 – $1,150
Multi-person household – $1,350

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 www.alabamakidneyfoundation.com.

Education

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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 four 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.
  • We produce Kidney Keynotes, our quarterly newsletter, which is mailed to 12,000 households and businesses throughout Alabama.

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.

2017 Patient Education Conference Video

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.

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Organ Donation

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A Quick Look

Approximately…

  • 100,791 patients are waiting for a kidney nationally.
  • 3,210 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 1-866-SHARELIFE (1-866-742-7354) 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. There are nearly 100,000 kidney patients in the U.S. are waiting for a transplant, and in Alabama, there are more than 2,000 waiting.

To help meet this great need, the Alabama Organ Center launched the 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:

Volunteer

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

(800) 750-3331
Jack Jackson
jack@alkidney.org

North Alabama/Huntsville Regional Office

(256) 975-0000
Rebecca Smith
rebecca@alkidney.org

Central Alabama/Birmingham Regional Office

(205) 382-6080
Lacey Updegraff
lacey@alkidney.org

Middle Alabama/Montgomery Regional Office

(334) 430-8716
Shannon Morrell
shannon@alkidney.org

South Alabama/Mobile Regional Office

(251) 455-2123
Becki Connally
becki@alkidney.org

Wiregrass Area

(334) 547-8467
Lisa Baity
lisab@alkidney.org