Posted on Sep 08, 2019
Carlisle-Williams Foundation Receives Grant from Westerly Rotary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Janie Carlisle – janiec@esrd-patient-support.org
Norwich, CT – The Carlisle-Williams Foundation (Foundation) recently received a $300 grant from the Rotary Club of Westerly to help provide dialysis support bags to area dialysis patients. We are pleased to announce that all 38 of the patients at the ARA Dialysis Center of Westerly (Westerly Dialysis Center) were able to receive a package.
The Westerly Dialysis Center provided dialysis services to patients on dialysis who were traveling over the summer, which is a huge benefit to the patient. Compliance with dialysis is a crucial factor to improving the quality of life for the patient. The Carlisle-Williams Foundation’s mission is to help improve the quality of life for dialysis patients by providing hope and support through our flagship ESRD Dialysis Support Bag and other services.
After conversations with the Social Worker at the center, the Foundation and Westerly Dialysis Center are looking to partner to provide public conversations in the area around dialysis and kidney transplants. The Foundation is also hopeful to continue partnering with the Rotary Club of Westerly to provide the support bags to the Westerly Dialysis Center on an ongoing basis.
We are currently planning to provide 10 bags to the center to give to patients at the hospital as soon as they are informed that they will be having dialysis. This is an initiative the Foundation hopes to implement in other dialysis centers in the area. We feel it is crucial to provide the information as early as possible to the patient so they are able to use it right away.
There are an estimated 20 million people in the USA who have chronic kidney disease. Annually, nearly 116,000 people in the USA are diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease to the point where replacement kidney therapy is required to sustain life.  Only a few of these will receive a kidney transplant, and most undergo dialysis to stay alive with a reasonable—but not normal—quality of life. Some patients are capable of dialyzing at home, but the rest must receive treatment three to four times a week in a local dialysis center for 3-5 hours per session. These 116,000 annual cases need emotional, vocational and physical support in addition to their medical treatments.
The mission of The Carlisle-Williams Foundation is to increase the quality of life and the motivation to live by providing hope and support to dialysis patients using a boots on the ground approach. All of our services are provided at no cost to the dialysis patient. For more information, visit our website at www.esrd-patient-support.org.
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