In Celebration of the National Kidney Foundation

Dear Editor,

Monday is a special birthday. The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) was founded on November 15, 1950 by the parents of a toddler stricken with what was then called nephrosis. It was incurable. In 1950 if your kidneys failed, you died. NKF was there in the early days to support patients and their families.

Over the past sixty years, there has been a revolution in treatment and detection. Kidney failure became treatable with the advent of the first successful kidney transplant in 1954. This was followed by the invention of the Teflon shunt in 1964 that made access to a patient’s blood possible and dialysis that performs the kidney’s job of cleaning the blood became routine. Today, 565,000 Americans with kidney failure live, work, and enjoy life because of these life-saving treatments.

Scientists have learned that kidney disease is progressive so detection and medical intervention can start early, well before kidneys fail. 26 million people, many with diabetes or high blood pressure, have kidney disease. The NKF now educates about kidney health and provides free screenings for thousands at risk for kidney disease through our Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP).

So celebrate the foundation’s birthday. "Love Your Kidneys" by getting checked for kidney disease and donating at to help the lifesaving work continue.


Amy Capistran
Living Kidney Donor
Richmond, VA

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

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Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.


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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will host Goblins and Gourds from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate harvest time in the Children’s Garden with a concert by the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, along with a parade, pumpkin painting, storytelling, demonstrations and more. Included with regular Garden admission, which is $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and $8 for children 3-12. For details, visit Full text

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