“Helping Patients with Kidney Disease”
Our Mission The mission of the Marion County Kidney Foundation (MCKF) is to help individuals affected by chronic kidney disease and to combat its spread. We do this through financial support to patients, as well as education for patients, their families and the community. Through empowerment and innovation, we are committed to improving the well-being of persons with chronic kidney disease and our community, while being responsible stewards of our resources. For more information, please call (352) 671-5013. To make an online donation, please click on this link. Did You Know… Kidney disease does not discriminate – young or old, rich or poor, race or gender. In Marion County, Florida, there are more than 500 patients receiving life-saving kidney dialysis and about 10,000 more who are dealing with Chronic Kidney Disease. As our patients and caregivers are dealing with kidney disease and/or adjusting to being on dialysis, there are many other challenges including financial concerns, emotional issues and additional pressures that affect them. This can also be a time of confusion and stress for their family members who are in great need of support and...
Financial Assistance As kidney patients and caregivers are dealing with kidney disease and/or adjusting to their dialysis regimen, they may experience additional financial challenges. Through our rigorous application process, the Foundation may approve funds/grants to assist local kidney patients who are experiencing financial hardship. Grants are available for needs such as: • Utilities • Food • Prescription Assistance • Transportation • Dietary Supplements • Rent/Mortgage Who is Eligible? • Must be a resident of Marion County, FL • Person with Stage 4 or 5 chronic kidney disease, on kidney dialysis or a kidney transplant recipient • Must demonstrate immediate financial need through our application process How Do I Apply? Click the button below to download the Application for Financial Assistance. Download Application for Financial Assistance Once completed: • All applications must be submitted to the Foundation by your agency or dialysis social worker. • Each section of this application must be legible and complete. If sections are left blank, the application will be denied and returned to your agency or social...
Knowledge is the Key Education is the key to learning about how amazing your kidneys really are. The Marion County Kidney Foundation is dedicated to educating our community about chronic kidney disease, its prevention, its management and its challenges. Do You Want to Learn More About Kidney Disease? Be Proactive! Here’s How! • Participate in community health fairs. Learn all you can about high blood pressure (hypertension), heart disease and high blood sugar (diabetes). • Have your blood pressure taken regularly. If you find that the results are out of range, it is extremely important you follow up with your primary care physician as soon as possible. • Ask your physician to check your blood glucose level (blood sugar) annually. Diabetes often goes undiagnosed because many of its symptoms seem so harmless. • Recent studies indicate that the early detection of diabetes symptoms and early treatment can decrease the chance of developing the complications of diabetes (kidney disease or kidney failure) later on. • Ask for more information. MCKF provides educational resources and referral information. • Request a speaker. MCKF will provide a speaker at your event, club meeting, workplace wellness event, school, or church group. Good News on Kicking Kidney Disease Taking charge of your high blood pressure and diabetes NOW can prevent or slow down the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure. Additional Educational Resources: National Kidney Foundation – www.kidney.org DaVita, Inc. – www.davita.com Ocala Kidney Group, Inc. – www.ocalakidneygroup.com Life Options – www.lifeoptions.org SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders)...
Previous 4th Annual “Kicking Kidney Disease” 5K Run / Walk This has been our major fundraiser. We are a 100% volunteer organization dedicated to our community. The funds raised are used to provide direct financial assistance to persons with kidney disease experiencing critical financial challenges in Marion County. Funds are also used to promote kidney disease education and awareness. Please join us in our efforts to KICK KIDNEY DISEASE !!! Last held: March 2, 2013 – Saturday @ 8:00am Located at: Florida Greenway Baseline Road Trailhead 4225 SE 58th Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34472 Kicking Kidney Disease” 5K Run / Walk Activities: • Kids Fun Run & other Activities • Music by WOGK K-Country 93.7 • Race Awards, Raffle and Prizes • Sponsor and Refreshment Booths FREE Kids Fun Run (Kids 10 years and under) Started at 9:15am. One Goody bag given for each child. 5K Run / Walk Started at 8:00am. Runners and Walkers of all levels and ages are welcome. Wet/dry shirts to all paid registrants. Awards are presented to the top finishers and Raffle Prizes are given throughout the event. Teams Registration as a team allowed showcase of organizations, business, church, family, of the teams entered. The teams must have had 5 or more registrants. Team awards were awarded as follows: • Biggest team • Fastest team (the average time of your 5 fastest runners) • Most Team Spirit Sponsors Supporting a worthy cause while promoting your business. Sponsorships are available starting at $100.00. Click Here for a list of sponsorship levels and corresponding promotional benefits. To become a Sponsor of our website: Become...
On Monday, September 12, Winco Manufacturing presented the MCKF with a bigger than life check for 2016 in the amount of $8,500. “The employee efforts are extremely creative” said Tom Lorick, President of Winco, “they have held rummage and bake sales, run company wide pools for the Super Bowl and the Daytona 500, conducted raffles and more, with all the proceeds going directly to benefit the MCKF. I could not be more proud of our team and their efforts.”
It was particularly important to Winco employees who know that such a high percentage of their donations go directly to benefit those patients and their families that are in need. “We know our dollars go precisely where and when needed, and because of that, our efforts are really making an immediate difference in local people’s lives. I can’t express how personally rewarding that is to all of us.” stated Tish Weber, Human Resources Manager, who coordinated this year’s employee efforts.
On Sunday, January 25, 2015, a very chilly 37 degree morning the runners of team KICKING KIDNEY DISEASE lined up with hundreds of others in the Paddock Mall parking lot. They were there to raise money for the Marion County Kidney Foundation by running either the Ocala half-marathon or the 5k.
The runners were Haidee Hill, Sean Porciuncula, Ivan Levingrad, Josh Nwakoby, Jordan Nwakoby, Jackson Pizzuti, Mark Scott, Kevin Pizzuti, Izu Nwakoby, and May Porciuncula. A total of 10 team members combined to raise in excess of $2500. All money raised goes directly to the Foundation.
Everyone had a great time despite the chilly start to the day and several of our teammates placed within their respective age groups. The Marion County Kidney Foundation thanks the runners and many community members who supported their effort.Read More
On Monday, March 10th, Board members of The Marion County Kidney Foundation gathered in recognition of the significant fund raising commitment by the employees of Winco Manufacturing Mfg., LLC. Winco is an Ocala-based company that designs and manufactures medical furnishings that improve the patient and caregiver experience in many medical specialties including dialysis, oncology and long term care.
The MCKF is extremely grateful for Winco’s efforts and wanted to show its appreciation through this Board visit and presentation of a plaque in recognition of their efforts. “Winco is one of our major annual contributors” stated Michele Banfield the Chairperson of the MCKF, “What’s most impressive is that while the Company certainly contributes, the vast majority of every dollar is raised directly by the employees.”Read More
The Marion County Kidney Foundation joined 27 other vendors in the Second Annual Mary Rosnoski Memorial Health & Fitness Expo presented by the Rolling Greens Homeowners Association (HOA). The Expo was the brainchild of Mary Rosnoski, former member of the Rolling Greens HOA. Unfortunately, Mary passed away unexpectedly last January. However, her legacy of promoting health lives on through the Expo.
Visitors to the Expo had the opportunity to get important health information, learn about vital community resources and win great door prizes. The Marion County Kidney Foundation used the opportunity to remind everyone who stopped by how important it is “know your numbers” meaning know your blood pressure, know your blood sugar and” take control”. High blood pressure and diabetes are the two main causes of chronic kidney disease. For more information on taking control click on our education tab.Read More