Hello everyone! I've decided to do one more fundraiser before my trip ends. In a short five months, I'll be in Ushuaia and before I arrive I'm hoping to raise $5000 for the National Kidney Foundation. It's an ambitious goal but hey, so is a bike trip through the Americas! Every month, on average, 300-400 people visit this website, so if each person donates $15, we'll have raised $5000 in no time! 

You can read all about the National Kidney Foundation below, or visit their website here: http://www.kidney.org/. Some sufferers of chronic kidney disease spontaneously recover (and at least one has gone on to cycle from Alaska to Argentina), but others aren't so lucky and need your support and the help of the NKF to improve their quality of life. With your support, perhaps another can have the chance to live their dream! Thanks in advance!

Click here http://donate.kidney.org/goto/panamericantour to visit my donation page (click "Make a gift!" under the thermometer), or help out by telling your cyclist/traveler friends about http://www.panamericantour.net and this fundraiser. Thanks again!

About the National Kidney Foundation

Our Vision

To enhance the lives of everyone with, at risk of or affected by kidney disease.

Our Mission

The National Kidney Foundation, a major voluntary nonprofit health organization, is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.

How We Help

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) has been providing help and hope to kidney patients and their families since 1950. Today, with local offices across the country, NKF is meeting the growing public health challenge of chronic kidney disease with a range of vital programs and services for the public, patients and healthcare professionals.

Public Awareness | NKF Love Your KidneysPUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION—NKF raises awareness about kidney health and the importance of early detection through the national "Love Your Kidneys" public service campaign, news releases, free brochures, local education programs, a toll-free hotline and an information-rich website.

Early DetectionEARLY DETECTION—Thousands of people have benefited from free kidney health risk assessments and more than 160,000 people at risk for kidney disease have participated in NKF's free Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP®).

Funding Kidney ReasearchRESEARCH SUPPORT—NKF has awarded nearly $90 million in grants to over 1,000 scientists for research into the prevention and treatment of kidney disease and related conditions.

PATIENT ADVOCACY—NKF vigorously advocates for kidney patients, transplant recipients, living donors and donor families on key public policy and legislative issues at both the national and state level.

ORGAN DONATION—NKF has been a leader in promoting organ and tissue donation. The Foundation recently launched a groundbreaking action plan to END THE WAIT! for a kidney transplant in the U.S. by standardizing best practices and eliminating barriers to donation across the country.

What You Can Do

LEARN—Throughout our website the public can obtain accurate and clear information about all aspects of kidney disease. Medical professionals can review guidelines and access resources for the optimal care of patients.

GET TESTED—26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease. You may be one of them. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of these conditions or kidney disease, you are at risk. See your doctor and ask for three simple tests to determine if you have kidney disease. Click here to find free NKF kidney health screenings near you.

VOLUNTEER—NKF needs volunteers, including healthcare professionals, of all ages and interests. Please consider sharing your talents and time to help NKF make a difference. Contact your local NKF office to sign up.

JOIN NKF—NKF offers a variety of valuable membership benefits to healthcare professionals, patients, transplant recipients, living donors and donor families.Click here to learn more.