Inside Job

Help us make life better for patients living with end-stage kidney disease

In Alberta, the prevalence of stage 3 and 4, the most severe stages, has increased 7.1% over the past two years. As the population grows, the need for dialysis support grows with it. Patients receiving hemodialysis in-hospital are put on a schedule of 4 hours per day, 3 days per week.

Your support will advance:

Make the transition out of the hospital a reality for hundreds of in-centre dialysis patients

Support research that’s seeking to make dialysis more personalized and caring

Advance efforts to make screening for kidney disease faster and more accurate

From dialysis patients to people on dialysis

Life’s a constant struggle for Albertans living with end-stage kidney disease. Depression. Job loss. Tremendous stress. The vast majority often have other health issues – diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, and even amputation – to live with.

That’s why the University of Alberta Hospital’s Alberta Kidney Care – North program is taking steps to make their lives better by moving the program out of the hospital and into a building of its own. The grueling weekly dialysis routine will stay the same, but the environment will be bigger, newer, and provide the perfect opportunity to begin transitioning to home hemo- dialysis.

Above all, however, is that the days of being a “dialysis patient” will be over. They will be people again.

Donors needed to make it happen

From helping to start the first hemodialysis program in Canada to supporting the first kidney transplant in Alberta and investing in one of the country’s largest home hemodialysis programs, our donors have made a difference in kidney care.


1,500 people living with end-stage kidney failure receive treatment through Alberta Kidney Care – North (AKC-N)


Patients receiving hemodialysis in-hospital are put on a schedule of four hours per day, three days per week


AKC-N is one of the largest home hemodialysis programs in the world

Patient story

Safe at home

Home hemodialysis has given me my life back, says Taryn. It’s convenient. It’s empowering. You dialyze when you want for as long as you want. And you feel so much better. You can do things that other people do. I work full time. I volunteer.


*photos of Taryn taken via zoom

“Kidney care is largely underfunded and under-recognized, especially when compared to such high profile areas as cardiac, brain and trauma.”

Nicole Veronovici, Director, Alberta Kidney Care – North​