National Kidney Awareness Month March 2, 2015 by Jessica Martin Each year 8,000 Americans are diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome, contributing to the millions currently living with some form of chronic kidney disease. It also means there are 8,000 more reasons each year for you to join NephCure in raising awareness and funds in support of researchers, clinicians, and the patients we all serve. The time to find a cure is now. March is National Kidney Awareness Month – for each one of the 31 days of this month we’re asking everyone reading this message here, on social media, or in their (e)mailboxes to STAND UP & BE COUNTED by volunteering, advocating on Capitol Hill, through donations, and helping to raise awareness. Make every day of Kidney Awareness Month count! We’re coming in like a lion to raise awareness, raise money, raise our voices…to STAND UP & BE COUNTED alongside each and every person and their loved ones battling FSGS. Won’t you join us? Some things you can do to STAND UP & BE COUNTED (#SUBC) this March: Join us in Washington on March 11 & 12 (World Kidney Day) to talk to YOUR representatives about allocating more funds for kidney diseases research Sign up to host or join an event on behalf of NephCure! You don’t need a special talent, just a desire to make a difference. Visit our Get Involved page for more ideas and to create or join an event near you. Take the #SUBCselfie challenge! Teenager Sydney Levine has challenged YOU! Sydney wants to give her brother Matthew the ultimate gift for his 12th birthday: she wants everyone to STAND UP & BE COUNTED alongside Matthew to raise awareness and money for FSGS. Sydney says it best in her video here. Join Sydney, wish Matthew a Happy Birthday, make a selfie video and call out your friends! Help Sydney reach 50,000 views by Matthew’s birthday March 31 and let this amazing boy know he has love and support. And Sydney…well, both of her parents are tireless advocates on behalf of ALL FSGS patients, and her father Michael Levine was NephCure’s inaugural Humanitarian of the Year. Check back often for more ideas throughout March, and beyond. Want to learn more? Subscribe to our monthly STAND UP & BE COUNTED Newsletter. Together we can find a cure!