American Kidney Fund Kicks Off Annual Calendar Kids Art Contest

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American Kidney Fund (AKF) announces opening of the 2009 - 2010 Calendar Kids Art Contest. Now in its 14th year, Calendar Kids is a nationwide art contest for children who are living with kidney disease.

The Calendar Kids Art Contest is truly a highlight of our year. We receive submissions from across the United States from children who not only have extraordinary artistic ability, but inspiring stories of hope and determination

Today, the American Kidney Fund (AKF) announced the opening of the 2009 - 2010 Calendar Kids Art Contest. Now in its 14th year, Calendar Kids is a nationwide art contest for children who are living with kidney disease.

"The Calendar Kids Art Contest is truly a highlight of our year. We receive submissions from across the United States from children who not only have extraordinary artistic ability, but inspiring stories of hope and determination," said LaVarne A. Burton, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Kidney Fund.

Each year, the American Kidney Fund chooses 13 winners whose drawings illustrate the organization's wall calendar, which is distributed nationwide. One winner's drawing will illustrate the cover, and the other 12 will illustrate each month of the calendar. Winners also win an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., where they participate in a fun-filled weekend, tour the nation's capital, and are honored during an awards dinner.

To be eligible for entry, artists must be 18 years old or younger, have kidney disease, and live in the United States. This includes children on dialysis, children who have had a kidney transplant, and other children who have been diagnosed with a kidney disease. All art must be submitted by April 30, 2009. Visit http://www.kidneyfund.org for more information.

Media Contact: Tenee Hawkins 301.984.6630.

About the American Kidney Fund
The American Kidney Fund is the nation's No. 1 source of treatment-related financial assistance to kidney patients and a leader in providing health education to people with or at risk for kidney disease. In 2008, the American Kidney Fund provided treatment-related grants to 75,000 kidney patients totaling more than $119.5 million. The American Kidney Fund reaches tens of thousands of individuals each year with information about kidney health; operates a kidney disease screening program in high-risk communities; and maintains a toll-free HelpLine (866-300-2900) which provides education about kidney disease. The American Kidney Fund is a six-time recipient of the highest "Four Star" rating from Charity Navigator; holds an A+ rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy; adheres to the National Health Council Standards of Excellence; and is a member of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance. For more information, visit http://www.kidneyfund.org.

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