National Kidney Foundation of Maryland Honors Local Volunteers


The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) recently held its annual Volunteer Awards Reception at The Baltimore Museum of Industry.

Sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Nephrology Associates, the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland and Johns Hopkins Medicine Comprehensive Transplant Center, the event recognized individuals and organizations for their time and hard work on behalf of the Foundation.

“Our volunteers truly are the lifeline of this lifesaving organization,” Cassie Shafer, NKF-MD’s president and CEO said in a statement. “We thank them for all their time and hard work in helping us in our fight against kidney disease, which remains #9 in the top 10 causes of death.”

NKF-MD honored 25 individuals, including two to African-American volunteers.

Dr. Deidra Crews received the “Greater Baltimore Community and Patients Service Committee All-Star Award.”

An assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Associate Faculty at the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, nephrologist and speaker, Crews has shared her time and expertise with NKF-MD in many ways.

She has served at screenings, presented a well-received Lunch & Learn at Lockheed Martin entitled, “Let’s Talk About Kidney Disease,” promoted screenings for kidney disease to the public and represented the Foundation through media interviews, served on the health awareness committee, and volunteered to serve on the patient & community services committee’s advocacy subcommittee.

A Laurel, Md. resident, Crews also was a poster prize winner at NKF’s 2013 Scientific Session.

“Whether consulting with screening participants, presenting to an audience, or working behind the scenes, Dr. Deidra Crews is a faithful, motivating and enthusiastic volunteer,” NKF-MD stated.

Zeke Ayele received the “Baltimore Kidney Walk Planning Committee All-Star Award.” Ayele serves as director of IT at Independent Dialysis Foundation.

NKF-MD said in a statement, “Zeke Ayele is always exceeding expectations. The 11th annual Baltimore Kidney Walk was held in May and was the most successful Walk to date! He has been a part of the volunteer planning committee since the inception of the walk. His passion for the cause and his drive to ensure the event is seamless is reflected in the smiles of participants at the Walk.

His contributions range from recruiting teams and volunteers, setting up for the kickoff, securing in-kind donations and picking them up in a large moving truck he also gets donated. This year, he topped it all, after tirelessly helping with Walk day set up and clean-up, he assisted in transporting and delivering 25 sheets of plywood up to the roof of the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott Hotel for the 2013 Rappel for Kidney Health event. That’s 32 floors – 25 sheets of plywood up 32 floors after setting up and tearing down a Kidney Walk for more than 3,000 people.” 

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National Kidney Foundation of Maryland Honors Local Volunteers

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