The American Kidney Fund will host its sixth annual gala, The Hope Affair, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m. atthe Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC.This year’s event, themed “Sharing the Journey,” will be emceed by Emmy Award-winning FOX 5 news anchor Shawn Yancy.

“The Hope Affair is a time to recognize and celebrate those who are making a difference in the kidney community. This year we honor three extraordinary individuals—two patients and a caregiver—who are fighting kidney disease with courage, grace and unwavering hope,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of the American Kidney Fund. “We are grateful to our supporters who make it possible for the American Kidney Fund to continue its education, prevention and financial assistance efforts, which reach thousands of Americans annually.” 

 The American Kidney Fund will recognize the following individuals at the event:

  • Meshia Adams of Woodbridge, Va., a transplant patient who has dedicated herself to advocating for kidney disease awareness and supporting patients throughout her community, will receive the 2014 Hero of Hope Award.
  • Keith McDonald of Sayreville, N.J., who works tirelessly at two jobs while taking care of his wife who is undergoing dialysis treatment, will receive the 2014 Caregiver of the Year Award.
  • Madison Gordon, 18, a dialysis patient from Sultan, Wash., will be honored as the 2014 “Calendar Kids” cover art winner for her entry in the American Kidney Fund’s annual nationwide art contest for children with kidney disease.

 The event will also include entertainment by Afro Blue, Howard University’s vocal jazz ensemble.

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