local support groups

Starting a Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) Support Group

Would you be interested in starting a patient-focused and patient-driven forum designed to develop a support network for your patients? This can provide opportunities to:
  • Meet, greet, and share ideas for a healthier, more effective PD life
  • Provide a positive group environment that encourages learning from each other
  • Share frustrations and brainstorm viable solutions
  • Share experiences from the dialysis process
  • Be an example for others about the merits of PD

To learn more on how to start a PD support group, contact Timmy Nelson at timtnelson@aol.com or call (610) 241-5069. Timmy Nelson initiated and runs a successful PD support group in the Philadelphia area. He is also a Patient Representative at his dialysis center.

Western PA Kidney Support Groups

The Western PA Kidney Support Groups was founded on May 2010 as a nonprofit to enable those with chronic kidney disease, transplant recipients and candidates, as well as caregivers to meet and share common experiences. there are currently 10 support group locations throughout Western Pennsylvania and over 600 participants involved with the organization.

Support Groups - 2017 Meeting Dates
 
Cranberry, PA
Meetings to be announced. 



 
Who to Contact:
Nikki McKenna
mckennanr@gmail.com
M: 412-216-0144
H: 724-553-5105
 
Johnstown Kidney PALS
  • April 19
  • May 17
  • June 21
  • July 19
  • August 16
  • September 20
  • October 18



 
Who to Contact:
Tina Freiwald
814-243-5123
teddiebears@comcast.net
 
Kittanning
Meetings to be announced. 



 
Who to Contact:
Joe Mores
724-548-7550
jmnandjm@comcast.net
 
Natrona Heights
Meetings to be announced. 


 
Who to Contact:
Joe Mores
724-548-7550
jmnandjm@comcast.net
 
Paris, PA/Steubenville, OH/Weirton, WV
  • March 12
  • April 9
  • May 14
  • June 11
  • July 9
  • August 1
  • September 10
  • October 8
  • November 12
  • December 10



 
Who to Contact:
Thomas Anderson
740-543-4352
letsfighttogether58@gmail.com
 
Pittsburgh East
  • March 12 at AGH World Kidney Day
  • May 14
  • July 9
  • September 10
  • November 12




 
Who to Contact:
Jack Silverstein
412-427-2969
silverjacki@yahoo.com
 
Pittsburgh West
  • March 12 at AGH World Kidney Day
  • April - TBD
  • May 21
  • June 11
  • September 10
  • October 8
  • November 12


 
Who to Contact:
Mike Currin
724-796-1603
 
South Hills
  • April at UPMC Donate LIfe Month
  • June 11
  • August 13
  • October 8


 
Who to Contact:
Diana Bell
724-292-9318
dkbell1981@yahoo.com
 
Washington, PA
  • March 12 at AGH World Kidney Day
  • May 21
  • July 30
  • September 24
  • November 19









 
Who to Contact:
Mike Currin
724-796-1603

or

Diana Bell
724-292-9318
dkbell1981@yahoo.com
 
Westmoreland
  • April 23 at UPMC Donate Life Month
  • June 25
  • August 27
  • October 22
  • December 17



 
Who to Contact:
Vicki Georges
724-836-3615

or

Barb Tomko
724-751-9652
 

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Page last updated: 03/21/17