Renal
Empowered
Mentors for
Education in
Nephrology &
Dialysis

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What is ReMend?

ReMend stands for: Renal Empowered Mentors for Education in Nephrology & Dialysis and is a group of volunteers who have experienced kidney disease in their lives and are focused on helping people via no-cost, one-on-one mentoring. ReMend mentors can be a great resource for anyone facing kidney disease, beginning or continuing dialysis and for people awaiting kidney transplantation.

We’re here to listen, provide encouragement, offer resources and share experiences.  ReMend’s mission is to empower patients and their loved ones to move forward with their lives with hope for the future. It’s all about moving forward. Your pace. Your time. Our help.

Empowerment & Encouragement

ReMend mentors can be the face of hope for anyone facing dialysis or a kidney transplant. We’re here to listen and provide encouragement, and most importantly, share our experiences.

We are living proof that life does not end with kidney disease. Whether someone is facing dialysis, possible kidney donation or a kidney transplant, the ReMend program empowers and encourages patients to move forward with their lives after being diagnosed with kidney disease. Support from friends, family and the renal care team is important, but talking to someone who has been in the same situation is often the best for calming nerves and realizing positive outcomes.

Impacting Lives

Being diagnosed with End Stage Renal Diseases (ESRD) is overwhelming and isn’t just about finding the right nephrologist or getting on a waiting list, learning about treatment options or where to go for treatment etc. it’s about a new lifestyle, whether you were looking for one or not.  Its about human lives and learning how to cope.  This is where ReMend can step in by bringing a human quality and understanding to a situation which oftentimes can feel sterile and lonely. 

Whether someone is facing Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), ESRD, dialysis, kidney donation or a kidney transplant, the ReMend program empowers patients to move forward with their lives after being diagnosed with kidney disease. Support from friends, family and the renal care team is important, but talking to someone who has been in the same situation is often the best for calming nerves and realizing positive outcomes.

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About 37 million people of US adults are estimated to have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Adults with diabetes, high blood pressure, or both have a higher risk of developing CKD than those without these diseases. Other risk factors for CKD include heart disease, obesity, and a family history of CKD.

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9 out of 10 people who have moderately decreased kidney function do not know it. CKD is a condition in which the kidneys are damaged or cannot filter blood as well as healthy kidneys. Because of this, excess fluid and waste from the blood remain in the body and may cause other health problems.

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CKD affects all ethnicities, races and genders. It does not discriminate in the United States. Approximately 15% of the US population suffers from it. Slightly more common in Hispanic and African American populations. No group is immune.