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Learn more about RSN’s hopeful and life-enriching programs:

RSN’s hopeful, educational, supportive, and life-enriching programs help people who have kidney disease and their families, whether they are in the early stages of the disease, are on dialysis, or have received a transplant.

You also have an opportunity to advocate for your peers. Learn more below!

Please join us today! There are no fees.

Live and Virtual Events

The Renal Prom, established in 1999 by Lori Hartwell, the founder and president of the Renal Support Network (RSN), is an occasion where young individuals facing the complexities of kidney disease can leave their worries behind and create beautiful memories. It is an opportunity for them to celebrate their resilience, strength, and true inner beauty while connecting with others who can relate to their journey.

When I went to the Renal Prom when I was 13 something gave me hope. I always looked forward to getting a beautiful dress, meeting friends, meeting celebrities, and having a great time. –Sarissa V

Education

KidneyTalk® magazine provides people who have kidney disease with education, encouragement and strategies to help navigate this illness. 

RSN’s KidneyTalk® is an informative and inspirational podcast hosted by RSN Founder & President Lori Hartwell who has been a renal disease survivor since 1968.

View video presentations from past Hope Week Annual Patient Lifestyle and Education Conferences. Hope Week is a five-day national, virtual event. 

Meet Neff & Nuff, two animated stars who educate the public on kidney health. Each video is available to view in English and in Spanish.

The KidneyTalk® Blog features informational and hopeful stories authored by Lori Hartwell and special guest writers.

This is an online kidney disease Health Library is a collection of patient-friendly articles and renal-friendly recipes for patients, family members and professionals.

This tool will help you see at a glance national and state transplant statistics. 

Telling Your Story

The annual essay contest is open for submission from mid-May until August 10th each year. 

Create your own Kidney Collage in March during Naitonal Kidney Month. The goal of your Kidney Collage is to help educate others about kidney disease and the importance of kidney health.

The KidneyTalk® Blog features informational and hopeful stories authored by Lori Hartwell and special guest writers.

Kidney Care Policy, Education, and Engagement

RSN’s Kidney Care Champions goal is to educate elected officials about the issues that have an impact on people living with kidney disease, are on dialysis or have a kidney transplant.

Take action on current legislation that affects people with kidney disease.

RSN’s Regulatory and Legislative Priorities.

RSN needs you to reach out to your elected officials. Check out our Education Center to learn about how you can get started!

Virtual Get Togethers for Engaging with Your Peers

Do you have a passion for creativity? Share your current or past projects with us at our monthly zoom meetings!

Join us every week on zoom for a gentle form of exercise and dance with personal trainers, Nicole Simpson Karen Langevin and Dina Peterson.

Learn kidney diet tips and tricks from kidney transplant recipient and Renal Nutritionist Lubna Akbany, RDN, CSR at these bi-monthly zoom meetings.

Join us every week on zoom and get moving at our weekly virtual fitness class with personal trainer Edina Tanacs.

Looking for a book club? RSN is excited to bring passionate readers together to discuss inspiring stories.

An Annual Prom event that brings youth ages 14 – 24 who have kidney disease together for a night of fun, dancing, and connection. Join us at the next Prom, Sunday, January 14, 2024.

RSN’s Annual Patient Education & Lifestyle Meeting takes place in October over the course of 5 hope filled days. Each day will focus on a specific disease or treatment for kidney disease. Save the Date for 2023, October 18-22, 2023

Peer Support and Coping with Kidney Disease

Monthly virtual meetings for finding kidney disease support and sharing experiences, strength, and strategies to live a hopeful and joyful life.

A kidney disease peer support phone line for hope and help answering all your questions about living well with kidney disease.

A soothing collection of sounds to help ease your body and mind.

Learn the steps to holding your own support group with RSN’s Support Group Master Class. 

Organ Donation and Transplantation

This tool will help you see at a glance national and state transplant statistics. 

Help spread the word about giving the gift of life with RSN’s “Share Your Spare” Kit. In your kit you’ll find two plush kidneys, two information booklets, and an inspirational poem.

You guys do such great work. I send your links to many of our Health patients who are looking for support, exercise groups, and more information about kidney disease, transplant, and dialysis. I know that so many, including me, appreciate all that you all provide to not only keep us informed but keep us living life and doing things that are fun, healthy, and meaningful. –Jullie H.

Community Awareness

Help spread the word about giving the gift of life with RSN’s “Share Your Spare” Kit. In your kit you’ll find two plush kidneys, two information booklets, and an inspirational poem.

This project is open to everyone in the United States. It is all about engaging with the community by making a pair of fingerless gloves for someone on dialysis.

Browse RSN’s collection of inspirational and festive music videos to raise awareness of kidney disease and organ donation.

An Illness is too demanding when you do not have hope. –Lori Hartwell