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Grant from Odd Fellow & Rebekah Benefit Fund will help Kidney Foundation of WNY serve patients

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Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 02:20 pm
The Odd Fellow & Rebekah Benefit Fund presented a $10,000 grant to the Kidney Foundation of WNY for patient support programs. Pictured, from left: Kidney Foundation Director Jeremy Morlock, Patient Services Director Barbara Breckenridge, Odd Fellow & Rebekah Benefit Fund Executive Director Eugene L. Urban, and Grant Committee Chairperson Oradell Banker.
The Odd Fellow & Rebekah Benefit Fund presented a $10,000 grant to the Kidney Foundation of WNY for patient support programs. Pictured, from left: Kidney Foundation Director Jeremy Morlock, Patient Services Director Barbara Breckenridge, Odd Fellow & Rebekah Benefit Fund Executive Director Eugene L. Urban, and Grant Committee Chairperson Oradell Banker.

The Kidney Foundation of Western New York is better able to meet the needs of local patients, thanks to a grant from the Odd Fellow & Rebekah Benefit Fund. The $10,000 grant will be used to provide nutritional supplements, transportation assistance and medical identification jewelry to kidney patients with a demonstrated financial need.

“This generous grant will directly help some of our area’s most vulnerable patients,” said Kidney Foundation Director Jeremy Morlock.

“On behalf of our board of directors, grants committee and our membership, we are excited and gratified to provide patient support and service to those in need and care of kidney disease,” said Eugene L. Urban, executive director, Odd Fellow & Rebekah Benefit Fund. “We realize the importance of the prevention, treatment, education and awareness of kidney disease and have made it a priority in our attempt to provide financial support.”

Renal nutritional supplements can help to prevent or treat nutritional deficits for people with impaired kidney function. The transportation assistance program allows dialysis and transplant patients to travel to and from medical appointments and treatment centers, which can be critically important for those who need dialysis. Medical identification jewelry can provide critical information in the event of a medical emergency. The Kidney Foundation accepts requests for services through patients’ social workers.

The Kidney Foundation of Western New York is based in Buffalo. Its other patient services include informational resources, peer-to-peer counseling, support groups and advocacy programs. Information is available by visiting www.kfwny.org or calling 716-529-4390.

The Kidney Foundation of WNY is dedicated to increasing community awareness of kidney disease and other related diseases while educating and improving the lives of those it serves.

In the community, the foundation works to raise awareness of kidney disease, increase knowledge of risk factors, and provide information on prevention and treatment. For people with kidney disease, the foundation provides patient support and advocacy, offers information on health care options, and assists with emergency financial, nutritional or transportation needs. Its service area includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

Additional information is online at www.kfwny.org, Facebook.com/KFWNY and Twitter.com/KidneyFoundWNY.

The primary goal of the Odd Fellow & Rebekah Benefit Fund Inc. is to provide funding to charitable organizations that provide or support health care delivery to the elderly, infirm, disabled, chronically ill, or those disadvantaged with special health needs.

The Odd Fellow & Rebekah Benefit Fund supports individuals and programs committed to the enhancement of community and civil endeavors consistent with the tenets of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs.

The Odd Fellow & Rebekah Benefit Fund was established in September 2018 after the sale of its Health Care Facility known as “Odd Fellow & Rebekah Rehabilitation and Health Care Facility.” Serving the entire state of New York, its aim is to provide support to health care services, grants, scholarships and vocational training to those financially disadvantaged and in need.

Additional information is online at www.oddfellowrebekahbenefitfund.org and Facebook.com/OddFellowRebekahFund.

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