Who We Are
The Alabama Kidney Foundation (AKF) was founded to assist kidney patients and has over a 38 year history of serving Alabama’s kidney patient population. Today, the AKF is the only state-based organization dedicated to assisting kidney patients, and each year touches the lives of thousands of Alabamians.
The AKF’s rich legacy of serving our state’s kidney patients began in 1975. At that time, life was very difficult for kidney patients. Few treatment facilities were available and the cost of treating kidney disease was enormous. With the demand for treatment far exceeding capacity, real life and death decisions were being made about who would be treated. It was during this difficult time that the AKF embarked upon its journey of becoming the state’s premier provider of assistance for kidney patients.
It all began with a conversation between two kidney patients where one made known his decision to stop expensive treatments because he feared it would leave his family destitute. That hopelessness and despair would have far-reaching effects. William E. Rowe was the patient who listened to this tragic bedside confession, and he knew other patients faced similiar circumstances. His empathy and concern drove him to gather a group of volunteers and form an organization dedicated to financially supporting the kidney patient. This compassionate group of volunteers soon became known as the Alabama Kidney Foundation. Incredible advancements in the world of kidney medicine have occurred since those early days, but the despair and hopelessness caused by kidney disease is still evident.
Alabama has an anusually high occurrence of kidney disease, ranking fifth in the nation. Today nearly 8,800 Alabamians seek dialysis treatments three times a week simply to sustain life. Many of those patients turn to the Alabama Kidney Foundation for help.
William E. Rowe
E.W. “Jack” Jackson, III