Every day at the Mississippi Kidney Foundation we witness the remarkable courage of people in the face of unimaginable challenges. This courage encourages us to strive to maintain the impactful programs, ensuring the best possible outcome for Mississippi.
According to the Center for Disease Control, Mississippi ranks the highest in the country for rate of kidney disease and the highest in the country for deaths due to kidney disease. Our programs have the ultimate goal of creating a healthier Mississippi. All of our programs are also free of charge, and therefore are fully supported by philanthropy. It is thanks to the generosity of our community that the Mississippi Kidney Foundation can continue to address this issue.
These conferences are designed for kidney dialysis patients, kidney transplant patients, as well as kidney patient family members/caregivers.
Why should you attend?
- To be empowered by the knowledge you will acquire
- To broaden your network of peer support by meeting others
- To receive answers to important questions about your care
- To be motivated and inspired
“Investing in Your Future” Program
Effective April 1, 2010, the Mississippi Kidney Foundation implemented a pilot program designed to encourage Mississippi dialysis patients or kidney transplant patients to obtain their GED. We are looking for those patients who are willing and committed to “invest in their future.” Not only will the patient feel a sense of pride, but obtaining their GED could open doors leading to college and work opportunities. The Mississippi Kidney Foundation will pay the GED test fee. Once the patient passes the GED, the MKF will give the patient an incentive award of $250. For more information, contact your social worker or call the MKF at 601-981-3611. Congratulations to Preston Butts, a 28 year old dialysis patient in Hattiesburg, who obtained his GED! Preston is our first “Investing in Your Future” participant. His advice to other GED candidates… “Go to the FREE GED classes! It really helps.” Congratulations to the others who have successfully followed in Preston’s footsteps!
Candice Bumphis…obtained her GED
Scared, angry and in disbelief, Candice started dialysis at the age of 18. While on dialysis, she struggled with depression and didn’t feel as though her life mattered anymore. She still remembers that surreal moment, in 2013, when she received a phone call about a kidney! After a successful kidney transplant, Candice was determined to do something that was going to help in the future, for both her and her child. She attended GED classes, and within three months, she passed! Candice’s advice to dialysis patients is, “Never give up, no matter what obstacles might come your way!”
Nutritional Supplement Program
In an effort to address nutritional needs of end stage renal disease patients, the Mississippi Kidney Foundation provides a nutritional supplement to dialysis units across the state. LiquaCel, a concentrated liquid, is given to patients with dangerously low albumin levels and is administered during their dialysis treatments.
The “Kidney Connection Calendar” features kidney-friendly recipes, nutritional tips and other bits of wisdom for kidney patients. To request a free Kidney Connection Calendar, please call the MS Kidney Foundation at 601-981-3611.
Patient and Family Picnic
An outgrowth of past support groups, the annual picnic, held each year at the Mississippi Ag Museum in Jackson, is a fun time for patients and their families to take a break from dialysis schedules and come together for food, fun and fellowship.