Our Vision

RSN serves the kidney community by instilling health, happiness, and hope through education, advocacy, and awareness...one person at a time.

Our Mission

The Renal Support Network (RSN) is a nonprofit, patient-focused, patient-run organization that provides nonmedical services to those affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD). RSN strives to help patients develop their personal coping skills, special talents, and employability by educating and empowering them and their family members to take control of the course and management of the disease. RSN plays a vital role in providing lawmakers and policymakers with the patient's perspective on the needs and capabilities of people with CKD.

RSN values people with kidney disease and helps them become self-sufficient through education, advocacy, and hope for a better tomorrow.

We let them know that they are not alone in their struggle against CKD. We will continually expand our ability to

· Help patients find resources to understand and manage
their disease

· Produce materials and activities that make their lives more

· Offer education on life enhancement and illness-related
issues to patients and their families

· Showcase the talent and untapped potential of people
with CKD

· Teach patients how to advocate for themselves with
legislative partnering

We aspire to be recognized as the premier patient-driven organization in the kidney community.

Our History

RSN was founded in 1993 by Lori Hartwell—a CKD survivor since 1968—to instill health, happiness, and hope into the lives of those affected by the disease.

The influence of this nonprofit, patient-focused, patient-run organization, which started out as a local grassroots effort, now extends across America. RSN’s mission is to identify and meet the nonmedical needs of people affected by CKD, whether they are in the early stages of the disease, are on dialysis, or have received a transplant.

RSN accomplishes this by providing service, support, and advocacy to patients and their families, and by building coalitions within the renal community. RSN strives to help patients with CKD develop their personal coping skills, special talents, and employability by educating and empowering them, as well as their family members, to take control of the course and management of the disease.

Learn about our Programs & Services

RSN Programs

  • Essay Contest for people with kidney disease.
  • EmbraceHOPE Jewelry is assembled by people who have been affected by chronic kidney disease.
  • HOPEline is a centralized toll-free phone line that allows people affected by CKD to call a fellow patient for support. 
  • KidneyTalk! is a unique weekly online radio talk show directed at those affected by CKD.
  • Live & Give―RSN’s biannual newsletter for patients, their families, and health care professionals.
  • Patient Lifestyle Meetings, where patients and their families can learn about life enhancement and illness-related issues. 
  • RenALERT! is an electronic newsletter. Contact us to be added to email distribution.  
  • Renal Teen Prom is one of RSN’s most visible and rewarding efforts. Since 1999, a free, senior prom-type gala for people ages 14-24 who have kidney disease.
  • Wellness & Education Kidney Advocacy Network consists of patient activists banded together with the goal of ensuring that patients with CKD receive quality care.