Health Hero Giving Day


Be a health hero! People impacted by life-altering health diagnoses need your help. By making a gift on Health Hero Giving Day, hosted by United Way of the Midlands and the Combined Health Agencies Drive on Feb. 24th, you can provide them with the hope and support they need to navigate difficult health challenges. Scroll down to learn more about the 21 participating CHAD health agencies and make your gift today!

United Way of the Midlands has been a proud partner of Combined Health Agencies Drive since 1987.


Nebraska Kidney Association

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Agency Name: Nebraska Kidney Association

Formed in: 1969

Why your gift is needed:

Nebraska Kidney Association has been helping Nebraska kidney and transplant patients for more than 45 years, working to provide education, programs and services, screening opportunities and advocacy for those affected by kidney disease or organ donation.

  • 75,847 people in Nebraska have kidney disease. This is 16.6% of people in the state. Nationwide, this number is 19 million.
  • The average cost for a patient on dialysis is $89,000.
  • Dialysis is a $20.8 billion annual cost of the Medicare ESRD program.
  • Every 10 minutes, someone is added to the National Transplant waiting list.
  • On average, 22 people die each day waiting for a life-saving transplant.
  • One organ donor can save up to eight lives.

What your gift will do:

  • $10 will provide one patient with a voucher for gas and transportation to dialysis.
  • $15 will provide an Education booklet to a new Kidney patient to help them better understand their disease, treatment options available, coping, nutrition and services available through the Nebraska Kidney Association.
  • $20 will help on patient with their monthly rental expenses
  • $25 will pay for two medical alert jewelry bracelets or necklaces.
  • $30 can provide a family with groceries.
  • $50 helps pay for the cost of the Joint Council Workshop.
  • $100 can provide a KEDS screening for one individual.
  • $150 can meet the need for an emergency financial assistance request.

Agency Summary:

  • Emergency financial aid is available for kidney and transplant patients.
  • Patient advocacy is in place for Nebraska kidney, urologic and transplant recipients.
  • Professional education programs are offered, including Joint Council Workshop, where relevant topics are discussed with nurses, techs, social workers and dietitians who then, in turn, implement these with the patients served.
  • Organ and tissue donation information educates donors and potential donors.
  • Free KEDS early kidney disease screenings are available at locations around the state.
  • Patient information is accessible through a resource guide; general education; and a Nebraska toll-free hotline, which provides information and referrals to callers.
  • Patient to Patient Mentoring Program is coming soon.

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