Tennessee Kidney Foundation

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Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of Tennesseans affected by kidney disease through education, prevention, treatment, advocacy, and promotion of organ donation.


Tennesseans affected by kidney disease have the best quality of life possible.

Our vision will be realized when:

  • Tennesseans in all communities make healthy choices leading to the lowest incidence of preventable kidney disease in the country.
  • Tennesseans affected by kidney disease have the best outcomes.
  • Tennessee has the highest rate of organ transplant in the country.

About Your Kidneys
The kidneys are two of the most important organs in your body. They perform many vital functions, which includes primarily

  • filtering the blood, keeping some compounds and removing others,
  • removing waste and excess fluid, and regulating blood pressure, blood cells
  • and the amount of certain nutrients in the body.

The kidneys are located in the small of your back (the lower back) just a couple of inches above your waist, and to either side of your spinal column (vertebrae). Each is about the size of your fist. (This can be said to be an accurate statement about the size of kidneys because each person’s kidneys are proportionate to the rest of their body size and frame. Thus, each person’s kidneys are about the size of THEIR fist.)



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