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Maria M. Love grant will help Kidney Foundation of WNY serve patients


The Kidney Foundation of Western New York is better able to meet the needs of local patients, thanks to a grant from the Maria M. Love Convalescent Fund. The $10,000 grant, awarded in April, will be used to provide medical identification jewelry, nutritional supplements and transportation assistance to kidney disease patients with a demonstrated financial need.

"Kidney disease brings so many challenges to people and families," said John A. Alduino, executive director of the Kidney Foundation. "These programs directly help those with the greatest needs."

"The Maria Love Fund is very pleased to be able to assist the Kidney Foundation's efforts in improving lives in Western New York," said Nancy B. Stevens, the fund's executive director.

Medical identification jewelry can provide critical information in the event of a medical emergency. Renal nutritional supplements can help to prevent or treat nutritional deficits for people with impaired kidney function. The transportation assistance program allows dialysis and transplant patients to travel to and from medical appointments and treatment centers, which can be critically important for those who need dialysis. The Kidney Foundation accepts requests for services through patients' social workers.

The Kidney Foundation of Western New York is based in Buffalo. Its other patient services include informational resources, peer- to-peer counseling, support groups, social events and advocacy programs. Information is available by visiting www.kfwny.org or calling 716-512-7918.

About the Kidney Foundation of WNY:
The Kidney Foundation of WNY is dedicated to increasing community awareness of kidney disease and other related diseases while educating and improving the lives of those we serve.
In the community, KFWNY works to raise awareness of kidney disease, increase knowledge of risk factors, and provides information on prevention and treatment. For people with kidney disease, KFWNY provides patient support and advocacy, offers information on health care options, and assists with emergency financial, nutritional or transportation needs. Our service area includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.
Additional information is online at www.kfwny.org, Facebook.com/KFWNY and Twitter.com/KidneyFoundWNY.

About the Maria M. Love Convalescent Fund:
The Maria M. Love Convalescent Fund provides interim financial assistance to promote independence and enhance the quality of life of Erie County residents with medically related conditions who may be temporarily ineligible for aid from traditional sources and to provide additional assistance in the area of basic human needs.

Named in honor of Maria M. Love, a Buffalo social services pioneer, Ms. Love established the first day care center in the United States, and in 1903 organized a group of 31 prominent Buffalo women to raise funds and implement a program of convalescent respite care for mothers and their children.
Additional information is online at www.marialovefund.org.

Originally posted by Buffalo Healthy Living Magazine . Republished with permission.

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