Mission: KHAKY sesrves kidney disease patients and their families, increases awareness and early detection of chronic kidney disease and promotes organ donation.
Results: Over 350 dialysis patients participate in our Nutritional Supplement purchasing system, with nearly half of those receiving up to $10/month in free product.
KHAKY has screened an average of 400 individuals/year for indicators of possible kidney disease.
More than 30 patients per year receive emergency financial assistance.
Target demographics: KHAKY serves kidney disease patients of all ages, races, income levels and genders in more than 70 counties of Kentucky.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 780
Geographic areas served: Kentucky
Programs: Over 300 dialysis patients receive a variety of nutritional supplements through KHAKY each year. Renal dietitians select a product that will meet the patient's needs and that the patient will enjoy taking. The dietitian places orders each month for the patients at the clinics they serve. Through negotiated contracts with manufacturers, KHAKY is able to provide the products at more than 50% below average retail prices. Those patients who qualify financially can receive up to $10/month in product at no cost. Nutritional intervention has been clinically proven to reduce hospitatilizations, speed healing and improve the overall health of dialysis patients.
During a recent kidney screening (dipping urine) a community member came and had her urine tested she explained that she felt fine but what the heck it was free. Since our test is not a diagnosis and we are not physicians I explained to her the results of her test, which were seriously abnormal, and gently advised her to take the results to her physician when she had a chance within the next week or so trying to stress the urgency without causing her stress or fear. She did this within the week and our office received a letter from her thanking us it turned out that this woman who had no symptoms of kidney disease had cancer of the kidney and thanks to the test that we performed she was encouraged to see her family physician and was diagnosed early enough to save her life. She is currenlty receiving treatment. I have had so many wonderfully rewarding encounters while working with KHAKY. It is a wonderful organization and is the last organization that really concentrates on workign directly with the patient and their families. I want the word to get out about KHAKY we are a small organization but we serve a large area in Kentucky.