Our Founding Story
Founded by a kidney patient, William E. Rowe established the Alabama Kidney Foundation in 1975. Rowe spent the majority of his life battling kidney disease and was part of many revolutionary treatments. During a hospital stay, Rowe met a patient who confided his decision to decline further medical treatment to relieve his family of his medical expenses. This experience became the catalyst for Rowe to launch an initiative to assist such crises faced by kidney patients. Because Rowe himself struggled with kidney disease, he knew and understood the value of what any type of assistance would mean for kidney patients. He recruited a small group of businessmen who met regularly and collected money to help kidney patients meet their basic daily living needs. Word about Rowe’s volunteer group of compassionate individuals spread and before long, the requests for assistance exceeded the group’s ability to help. His compassion and desire to make a difference then led him to establish the Alabama Kidney Foundation.
Founded in 1975, the Foundation has supported Alabama’s kidney patient population through direct financial assistance, education and support programs. AKF is the only state-wide organization that pours its funding back into the community. Each dollar amount that is raised or donated to the Foundation stays in Alabama to support its kidney patient population. The AKF has remained true to Rowe’s vision by continuing to provide its vital work for the Alabama community.
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