Renal Support Network (RSN) is a nonprofit organization that provides non-medical services to those affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD). Call our Hopeline (800) 579-1970 M-F from 10-4pm (PT) to talk to a person who has lived with kidney disease. 

24th Annual Patient Education Meeting & Luncheon

Join RSN September 16, 2017  for the 24th Annual Patient Education Meeting and Luncheon. 
RSN hosts an annual Patient Educational Meetings at no charge to people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and their family members. This meeting opens with an inspirational patient experience panel led by people who have lived successfully with kidney disease and share what they have done to navigate this illness and live fulfilling lives. Plus learn coping strategies, insurance options and how to advocate for the best care. 

Enjoy a day full of inspiration and useful information, which includes lunch, extra time to meet and visit with fellow patients and their families, a raffle and exhibits.

CONTACT US if you would like to be an exhibitor

15th Annual essay Contest

Entries are now closed for RSN's 15th Annual Essay Contest.

We will announce the winning essays on September 20, 2017.

Sign up to receive updates about the contest! 

This year's theme is "Describe a positive decision that you have made about your healthcare." 

First Prize: $500, Second Prize: $300, Third Prize: $100

Winning essay's will be published on RSNhope.org and in Live&Give newsletter.

Read the 2016 Winning Essays

The 2017 Spring/Summer Newsletter is now here!

The Spring/Summer issue is full of inspirational stories written by people with kidney disease who share their experiences, successes and offer advice that can only come from someone who has been there. Read the PDF or online issue today.

Listen to the Latest KidneyTalk show hosted by Lori Hartwell

Breakthroughs in Antibody Desensitization Therapy
What are antibodies? How do they contribute to transplant rejection? How do they block your access to the kidney transplant list? What can be done to manage antibodies? Stanley C. Jordan, MD, Director of Nephrology & Transplant Immunology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a pioneering kidney transplant researcher, who has received the International Society of Nephrology's highest honor for groundbreaking work that improves the lives of kidney transplant patients while preserving the precious resource of donated organs has answered many of the questions. 

Listen in to hear about his research to reduce organ rejection, breakthroughs in antibody desensitization therapy and other advances in transplantation. 

Celebrate Spring in Colorful Style

EmbraceHOPE Jewelry: Inspiring Women Collection
Each of the handmade Inspiring Women bracelets is dedicated to an incredible woman who has made an impact in my life. Making jewelry has always been a way to help me cope with kidney disease, and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to honor these women, who are as unique as the bracelets themselves. - Lori Hartwell. View the collection

Latest Posts from the RSN Blog

07/27/2017 Ricky

It was love at first meow for Ricky and me.  Ricky was a simple and slim white and gray striped tabby cat.  His fur was coarse and shed all over me when he jumped on my lap, pleading and purring for soft strokes and love. He stared...>>


06/30/2017 Celebrating Our Independence

Cicero once said freedom is “the power to live as one wishes.” Some people would call that anarchy, but I do think he had a point. There are many types of “independence” and “freedom”: individual, spiritual, emotional, financial and political, just...>>


06/27/2017 The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA)

Update: July 17, 2017 New Senate Health Care Bill Revisions still allows states to opt out of key parts of AHA, meaning higher costs for people with pre-existing conditions such as kidney disease. In addition, Ted Cruz’s provision would...>>


06/18/2017 Honoring Stephen Furst, Lori Hartwell’s dear friend and long-time Renal Support Network supporter

Besides being an actor and film and television director, Stephen Co-hosted RSN's KidneyTalk podcasts which aired its first episode in June 2006. He wrote and directed the short film, "Seymour Jones and the Temple of Chronic Kidney...>>


05/09/2017 The Resilience of the Human Spirit

I grew up believing that the blind could see. My grandfather taught me that. For instance, he could hear the ice cream truck long before I could, and he always knew who was in the room. He would walk around the neighborhood by himself for hours,...>>


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