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American Kidney Fund Issues Appeal for Disaster Relief Contributions
Date:9/17/2008

The American Kidney Fund today issued an urgent appeal for contributions for disaster relief to help dialysis patients who have been affected by Hurricane Ike.

Rockville, MD (PRWEB) September 17, 2008 -- The American Kidney Fund today issued an urgent appeal for contributions for disaster relief to help dialysis patients who have been affected by Hurricane Ike.

The American Kidney Fund's Disaster Relief Program has been providing emergency assistance to dialysis patients affected by Hurricane Gustav, and also has been helping patients who were affected by flooding in other areas of the country.

"As a result of these efforts, the American Kidney Fund's Disaster Relief Program is extremely low on funding and may not be able to accommodate all new requests for help unless additional donations arrive," said LaVarne A. Burton, President and CEO of the American Kidney Fund.

More than 80 dialysis centers remain closed after Hurricane Ike. Patients who have been displaced by the storm are receiving dialysis in other locations. The American Kidney Fund's Disaster Relief Program is a rapid-response system that provides emergency assistance in the form of block grants to local dialysis centers when a disaster such as Hurricane Ike strikes a community. Dialysis centers then distribute the funds to help their patients replace medications, food and household items and pay for essentials, such as transportation to dialysis if they have been temporarily evacuated.

"The situation in the region is very serious, and we anticipate receiving a high volume of requests for disaster assistance in the coming weeks," said Burton. "We hope to address these vital patient needs through the generosity of public contributions."

The American Kidney Fund has been providing disaster assistance to dialysis patients for many years. The program's la
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