National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana is pleased to announce its participation in GiveNOLA Day 2014!  Hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Give NOLA Day is the community’s first, one day, online charitable giving event to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations that are making our region stronger, creating a vibrant community for all.  NKFL is proud to be a participating non profit.
Please check out our Facebook and Twitter page for updates on how you participate on May 6, 2014 and help your favorite non profit raise funds and  raise awareness to all the outstanding work we do in our  community! 
The public is invited to visit  from midnight to midnight on Tuesday, May 6th and every gift over $10 will receive a little lagniappe thanks to GiveNOLA Day generous sponsors and the Greater New Orleans Foundation.
For more information regarding GiveNOLA Day and how you can help us reach our goal of $10,000 please visit the website

Celebrating Giving From the Heart: Annual Volunteers of LUV Event

Blog By: Whitney Bartels on Apr 17, 2014 at 12:30pm
In 2013, our Southwest and AirTran Employees volunteered more than 144,000 hours of their time to nonprofit organizations—the equivalent of $3.2 million in time!  Whether it’s cooking dinner at the Ronald McDonald House or volunteering at a local school, our Employees always give from the heart.Once a year at our Volunteers of LUV event, we stop to thank and honor our Employees who have gone above and beyond in sharing their Servant’s Hearts.  In this, our eighth year, we received more than 300 nominations from both Employees and nonprofits.  Twenty of our Employees stood out among the rest.

Congratulations to our 2014 Volunteers of LUV winners, and thank you to everyone who shares their Servant’s Heart with our communities.

The 2014 Volunteers of LUV:

Chad Biehl, a Chicago-based Pilot, volunteers his time at First Baptist Academy.  For the past four years, Chad has worked to develop a Cross Country and Track Program for middle and high school students.

Dan Dalton, from Little Rock Ground Ops, was nominated by Hot Springs High School.  A few months ago, the Hot Springs High School did not have a wrestling program.  Dan, who wrestled previously, volunteered to become the High School Wrestling Coach.

Wayne Davis, from the People Department, volunteers with nine different nonprofit organizations. Wayne pours 100 percent into these organizations, often including long hours at night and on the weekends.

Jennifer Delaughter, from Technology, volunteers her time with Children’s Cancer Fund of Dallas. Jennifer has been involved with the organization for several years, and recently stepped up as Co-Chair of their 25th Annual Luncheon.

Brandi DeWaters, from Culture, volunteers every week at the Ronald McDonald House in Dallas. Brandi genuinely cares for these families and will go beyond her Thursday night duties to call and check in on the families during the week, over the weekend, or any time she feels the nudge.

Rick Diamond, from Dallas Maintenance, has logged more than 1,000 hours of volunteer time to the Boy Scouts of America.  Rick has also volunteered with the American Red Cross, serving as an Instructor Trainer for Wilderness First Aid, CPR, and AED classes.

Doug Goulla, from Dulles Ground Ops, serves as a guardian for Honor Flight Chicago, an organization that flies World War II veterans to Washington D.C. to see the memorials built in honor of their service.  Doug goes above and beyond his guardian duties to ensure that the veterans have a memorable day.

Steven Halcomb, a Chicago-based Pilot, dedicates his time to the activities that he is most passionate about–football and aviation.  Steven is a Youth League football coach for underprivileged children, and is also involved with the National Intercollegiate Flying Association, helping young college aviation students pursue their passion.

Dan McElroy, an Atlanta-based Pilot, was nominated by USO of DFW.  Dan makes it a priority to volunteer every Tuesday, and share his Fun-LUVing Attitude and infectious personality with the USO guests.

Susan Morgan, a Customer Representative in Atlanta, volunteers her time to Women Orthopedist Global Outreach.  WOGO’s surgical team travels to under-served global communities to perform orthopedic surgery to people in need, at no cost.

Joe Paris, from Nashville Ground Ops, is a Volunteer Guide for the Musicians On Call program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Joe meets with the musicians and escorts them through the units to meet the patients and their families.

Chris Quiroz, an Orlando-based Pilot, volunteers his time with multiple organizations including the Adopt-A-Pilot Program, Cub Scouts, and the Ascension Catholic Social Concerns & Food Pantry.  Chris serves as an incredible role model in his community and is always ready and willing to help at a moment’s notice.

Ann Roche, from Tampa Ground Ops, was nominated by Quantum Leap Farm. Quantum Leap Farm provides horse therapy to civilian adults and veterans with mental and physical disabilities.  Ann’s LUV and passion for animals is admirable, and her volunteerism is an inspiration to those around her.

Kurt Schellhaas is with the New Orleans Cargo Team and volunteers his time at multiple organizations, including The National Kidney Foundation, CASA, The Ben Grubbs Foundation, and the Make It Right Foundation.  Volunteering at the National Kidney Foundation helps fulfill the mission of “making lives better” for the 460,000 people in Louisiana living with kidney disease.

Steven Simon, a Chicago-based Pilot, has been a dedicated volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House in New York for more than 15 years.  Since 1998, Steven has spent countless Friday nights organizing trips, cooking dinner, and planning activities for the 84 families living at the house!

Regina Skidmore, from Finance, was nominated by the DFW Alliance of Technology and Women.  Regina has served on the leadership team as Treasurer for more than seven years—combining her passion for the organization and math skills to contribute new ideas, help grow DFW ATW, and inspire the young girls who attend the outreach programs.

Armando Soto, from San Diego Ground Ops, was nominated by the Agnus Dei Foundation. Armando and his wife Laura volunteered to move into the Lamb of God Maternity Home and serve as house parents for unwed pregnant girls, who are placing their babies for adoption.

Becky Sparks, a Houston-based Pilot, was nominated by Honduras Good Works for her tireless devotion and leadership.  Becky is the Board Secretary, serves as Risk Management Specialist and has volunteered on six different Medical Trips to Honduras with her sons.

Amy Thornton, from Communication and Outreach, volunteers with the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program.  In 2011, Amy was matched with her “little sister” and has since spent one-on-one time mentoring and exposing her to real-life experiences.

Hans Yao, an Oakland-based Pilot, was nominated by Carmichael SDA Church.  Hans has volunteered his time, creativity, and money to create a sustainable egg farm, which is used in the local food pantry and to fight hunger




That’s right – We’re headed to the North Shore! Come join us as we take a lifesaving step on April 26, 2014 out at Abita Springs Trail Head Park! Get registered today for FREE  by visiting and contribute by providing awareness, prevention, and treatment! It’s simple and best of all it feels good! You can walk alone, with friends, or join a team to help raise funds for those in need. You don’t want to miss out on the beautiful scenery of the park or all the activities we have planned including : a Wellness tent, children’s activities, healthy snacks provided by our wonderful sponsors and much, much more! 

Angela: On Kidney Disease

Listen to WWL Radio’s Angela Hill discuss kidney disease with Dr. Mihran Naljayan of the LSU Health and Sciences Center and dialysis patient Thomas Anderson. Click on the link to access the interview :

Faces of Home Dialysis

Terrence is a 38 year -old man who suffers from chronic kidney disease. He learned of his diagnosis after he failed to pass a physical at his job. He never dreamed he would be on dialysis or that he would welcome the adjustment and treatment option from home.

To check out Terrence’s story visit this link :

5 Foods to Avoid if You Have High Blood Pressure


One in three Americans is at risk for kidney disease due to high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. High blood pressure is a leading cause of kidney disease and increases your risk of developing a heart attack or stroke. There is no cure, but treatment and lifestyle changes, including taking high blood pressure medications, following a healthy diet and exercising regularly can lower blood pressure.

Even if you’re taking medications to lower blood pressure, it’s important to reduce your sodium intake by cutting down on high salt foods. The National Kidney Foundation recommends that those with high blood pressure or kidney disease limit daily sodium intake to 2,000 milligrams (mg). To put it in perspective, a teaspoon of salt contains about 2,400 mg of sodium, so 2,000 mg can add up quickly. Here are the National Kidney Foundation’s five foods to avoid if you have high blood pressure:

  1. Processed foods: These foods are usually high in salt and other additives that contain sodium. Processed foods include American cheese, frozen dinners, canned soups and fast foods. For example, two thin slices of regular American cheese contain 456mg sodium. Always read labels and compare various brands of the same food item until you find the one that has the lowest sodium content, since this will vary from brand to brand. Cook rice, pasta and hot cereals without salt. Cut back on instant or flavored rice, pasta, and cereal mixes, which usually have added salt.
  2. Table salt: Avoid table salt whenever possible. Just half a teaspoon of salt contains about 1,200 mg sodium and 60% of your daily allowance. Instead, use herbs, spices, and salt-free seasoning blends in cooking and at the table.
  3. Luncheon meats: Use fresh poultry, fish, and lean meat, rather than canned or processed deli meats. Typically a sodium-phosphate solution is injected into processed deli meats, making them high in sodium. Two slices of regular ham contain 604mg sodium, almost half the daily recommended limit.
  4. Salad dressings: Prepared salad dressings can be very high in sodium, depending on the dressing type and brand. Be sure to look for the “low-sodium” variety. Reduced-fat ranch dressing is a better choice containing approximately 336 mg sodium for two tablespoons.
  5. Soy sauce: One tablespoon of soy sauce has 1,005mg sodium. When shopping at the grocery store or eating at a restaurant, choose low-sodium or light soy sauce.

*Many thanks to Susan Lupackino, MHS, RD, LDN for her contributions to this article.

Susan Lupackino is a Registered Dietitian (RD) who is passionate about helping others live a healthier and active lifestyle. For more information about Susan visit her website,

References: USDA nutrient data base
Cheese spread, pasteurized process, American, 2 thin slices contain 456mg sodium
Ham, sliced, packaged (96% fat free, water added), 2 slice serving contains 604 mg sodium
Reduced fat ranch dressing, 2 tablespoon serving contains 336 mg sodium
Soy sauce (made from soy, tamari), 2 tablespoon contains 1,005 mg sodium

Year In Review : NKF Public Policy Advocacy

This year NKF worked on multiple fronts to protect kidney patients and improve care. Find out all the details through our Year in Review post on the NKF Advocacy in Action blog.

Please share the link with your local board members, supporters, key volunteers and constituents.

Home Dialysis On Da’ Bayou

If you  discover you have kidney failure and need treatment to stay alive this can be a difficult time in your life. If your diagnosis is new, you may be overwhelmed, confused, and angry. But there are some important things you can do to help yourself.

Learn all you can about your different treatment options and take an active role in decisions about your care.

Click on the picture below to view one Louisiana farmer’s story of treatment and his choice to use home dialysis.





Monday, June 9, 2014 – 18th Annual Baton Rouge LMI Invitational @ Country Club of Louisiana

Monday, June 30, 2014- 18th Annual Squire Creek LMI Invitational- Clarke M. Williams Memorial @ Squire Creek Country Club

Monday, October 6, 2014- 18th Annual Alexandria Golf Invitational benefiting the National Kidney Foundation @ OakWing Golf Club

Monday, November 3, 2014- 24th Annual New Orleans LMI Invitational @ Chateau Golf and Country Club in Kenner

Monday, November 10, 2014 – 19th Annual Lafayette LMI Invitational @ Oakbourne Golf and Country Club in Lafayette

Enjoy a great day of golf with your friends. Your support raises money for the Foundation’s programs and services. In addition, you can compete for the opportunity to play at Pinehurst, home of the 2014 U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open. Please contact  David Warner to register.


We had a great time at Camp Shining Stars!   Check out our Video to see how much fun we had!

Your secure donation from our “Make a Gift” tab or submission by mail is still being accepted throughout the year as we plan for our 2014 Camp.




The Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition (LHEC) was founded to help Louisianians better understand the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  As a civic organization committed to providing unbiased healthcare and wellness information, LHEC will educate on the major drivers of healthcare costs, the critical importance of personal wellness and the need for access to quality healthcare by working with healthcare providers, small businesses, faith-based institutions, employers, community leaders, patient advocacy groups and the public.  LHEC exists solely as an educational resource.  It neither endorses nor seeks to create public policy. You may visit their website

Say Yes! To Organ Donation

Become a donor by signing up on the Donate Life Louisiana website. When you say Yes! on your driver’s license, you are then registered as an organ, eye, and tissue donor.