I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy this holiday season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This disruption has challenged everyone to change and adapt in order to survive.
2020 has been a year of transformation for the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii. Despite COVID-19, kidney disease hasn’t stopped and neither have we.
The coronavirus is a deadly threat to our community, and especially to kidney patients in Hawaii. COVID-19 can result in serious illness or even death for people with kidney disease or kidney transplants, and COVID-19 patients can actually become kidney patients. That’s right — the coronavirus can cause acute kidney injury (AKI), which is a sudden loss of kidney function, even in people who are young and who do not have underlying conditions.
That’s why the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii has stepped up in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. Here’s what we are doing:
Leading COVID-19 testing at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu and the Monarch Hotel, providing up to 10,000 tests daily as an Inter-County Trusted Testing Partner of the State of Hawaii.
Enabling innovative programs like the Aloha Free Clinic in Kalihi, which provided free medical services for hundreds of people for the past 6 months, including those who had lost their jobs and health insurance during the pandemic.
Providing safe individual door-to-door rides for kidney patients to and from their dialysis appointments, so they could avoid the risk of group transportation. To date, we have provided more than 500 rides, including on Oahu and on the Big Island.
We chose to go above and beyond our core mission in the fight against the coronavirus and, thanks to friends and supporters like you, we had the strength and resources as an organization to rise to the occasion when the virus struck.
Would you consider donating before December 31 so that we can continue to help our community?
Mahalo for supporting kidney health and the health of all in Hawaii.
President and CEO