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To improve the quality of life for kidney patients and their families through education, advocacy, and the fostering of patient communities.
Founded more than 48 years ago, the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) exists to serve the needs, interests and welfare of all kidney patients and their families. Its mission is to improve the lives of fellow kidney patients and their families by helping them to deal with the physical, emotional and social impact of kidney disease.
AAKP is a national organization of more than 12,000 members , including patients, family members, renal professionals, friends and institutional members. It is the only national kidney patient organization directed by kidney patients for kidney patients.
An IRS registered, Sec. 501(C)(3) organization, AAKP is governed by a board of directors, comprised of 25 members including dialysis patients, chronic kidney disease patients, transplant recipients, healthcare professionals and members of the public concerned with kidney disease. In addition, The organization is serviced by a staff of five employees at the AAKP National Office located in Tampa, Florida.