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National Kidney Foundation of Maryland

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



NKF-MD was established in 1955 by Harriet G. Guild, M.D., a well-known Baltimore physician.  Originally known as the Maryland Nephrosis Foundation, the organization became one of the original affiliates of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) in 1964.  The organization was founded with the purpose of fundraising for kidney patients who couldn’t afford the dialysis that would sustain their lives. Today, we provide emergency patient aid, kidney disease education and organ donation awareness to thousands across our service area.  In 2014 we celebrate our 50th anniversary as an affiliate.

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