KFCP is deeply committed to improving the lives of children and young adults dealing with kidney disease and passionately believes it is important to make the general public aware of kidney disease, especially the risks it presents to the many children who are at risk of kidney disease at an early age. A key lesson learned from the many community-based health education events that KFCP participates in yearly is that our children and young adults do not understand the importance of their kidneys, what the kidneys do, how to take care of their kidneys and what happens when kidneys don’t work. It is therefore crucial that we encourage and facilitate education, early detection and a healthy lifestyle in children. That is the mission of our new book.
Be Kind to Your Kidneys will be used to educate children on how to take care of their kidneys to help prevent kidney disease. Throughout 2018, special readings by Floyd Stokes (author and executive director for the American Literacy Corporation), KFCP board members, and volunteers will be taking place at designated elementary schools in Harrisburg.
On Thursday, May 3rd, a special reading will be taking place during the 40th Children’s Health Fair sponsored by UPMC Pinnacle. The PinnacleHealth Auxiliary will host 900 third graders from area schools who will tour and participate through ten healthy learning stations. Keeping your kidneys healthy will be one of the ten learning stations.
The book will also be distributed throughout the 28 counties in central Pennsylvania that KFCP serves.
Be Kind to Your Kidneys is free to the public. Special thanks go to the following who helped with the underwriting and development of this special book:
Phyllis Hicks – Karen & Ken Lehman – Joan Line – William S. Pierce, MD – Carlyn Snelbaker – Alyce & Mort Spector – Barbara J. Terry – UPMC Pinnacle