About | East Tennessee Kidney Foundation, Inc.™


About the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation, Inc.™

Our Mission

To improve the lives of East Tennesseans suffering from kidney disease.

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What is the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation, Inc.™ (ETKF)? Aren’t they the same as the National Kidney Foundation (NKF)? NO!

ETKF is, and always will be, 100% LOCAL!

At the ETKF, all money we raise ALWAYS stays right here at home and helps local INDIVIDUALS suffering from kidney disease. Our largest fundraiser is the LUCKY KNOX SHAMROCK FEST, which includes our annual LUCKY KIDNEY 6K Run & 2k Fun Walk, the Knox Saint Patrick’s Parade, and a two-day family-friendly IRISH FESTIVAL in Market Square, downtown Knoxville. The event is held each March to coincide with Kidney Disease Awareness Month, in Market Square, downtown Knoxville. Knox Shamrock Fest™ has grown into a regional weekend destination event for the whole family. Register for the run/walk on our race website or visit www.KnoxShamrockFest.com, www.VisitKnoxville.com for more information.

One of the missions of the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation, Inc.™ (ETKF) is to improve the lives of East Tennesseans suffering from kidney disease. Our primary goal is patient services, specifically helping patients get to and from dialysis, (which is necessary for their survival), providing up to $2,000 per patient dental work needed in order to be placed on the kidney transplant waiting list, and providing FREE nutritional supplements (protein bars, etc.) to patients in area dialysis clinics. We also work with Tennessee Donor Services / Donate Life Tennessee to promote the donation of all organs for transplantation. Kidneys are unique in that you only need one; this allows many healthy individuals to be living donors. Visit the Donate Life Tennessee website to become a registered organ donor.

The ETKF serves 1,500+ local East Tennesseans each year. We operate solely on grants, donations (monetary and in-kind), fundraisers and the care and support of our amazing community. Without you, our organization would not be possible. We at ETKF, in addition to all patients suffering from kidney disease whom we serve, appreciate you and your support!


Your support DIRECTLY funds individual patients and will ALWAYS stay in East Tennessee. Help us provide patient services and support to East Tennesseans affected by kidney disease. Your donations will also help us provide information and education on the prevention of kidney disease.

Contributions can be made online or via mail to this address:

ETKF, P.O.Box 22072, Knoxville, TN 37933
865.288.7351 (office)

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