ESRD National Coordinating Center Announces #TogetherWeCan, Inspiring Stories from the Kidney Community


The End Stage Renal Disease National Coordinating Center (ESRD NCC) announces the launch of the #TogetherWeCan campaign. Each month the ESRD NCC website,, will highlight true-life stories of patients and care partners that hope to inspire the kidney community to embrace life, no matter where they are in their journey.

The #TogetherWeCan campaign will feature stories about living with dialysis, receiving a kidney transplant, chronic kidney disease (CKD) and other aspects of the ESRD experience. The first in the series features Valen Keefer, a woman with polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and kidney transplant recipient, who is an inspirational speaker and advocate in the kidney community.

#TogetherWeCan encourages a sense of unity in the kidney community and promotes stories of hope in embracing life with CKD. If you or someone you know is interested in sharing an encouraging story for the #TogetherWeCan campaign, please contact the ESRD NCC at

The End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) National Coordinating Center (NCC) provides support and coordination at the national level for the Medicare ESRD Network Program, under contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS.) For more information, please contact the ESRD NCC at 813-865-3535 or email

This publication was developed under Contract Number HHSM-500-2013-NW002C, titled “End Stage Renal Disease National Coordinating Center (ESRD NCC)”, sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy.