Home Dialyzors United Announces 2014 Award Winners

Home Dialyzors United (HDU) is delighted to announce the winners of its 2014 awards. The awards will be presented at the annual Banquet which is being held during HDU’s 5th Annual Meet Up and Conference at the Downtown Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 23-24. This year, HDU is teaming up with Indiana University Health, one of the largest home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis programs in the country. The theme for 2014 is “The Road Home.”


As at past conferences, the HDU/IU meet-up will consist of a national audience of patients, care partners, and renal professionals coming together in an atmosphere of shared learning and collaboration. The awards banquet will be held the evening of October 23.


The Chris Blagg Award is given to an individual whose pioneering vision best exemplifies the spirit of innovation in home dialysis modalities. This year’s recipient is the late Dr. Karl Nolph.


As HDU continues to broaden its focus to include peritoneal dialysis, the award could not be given to anyone more deserving. No one can think about peritoneal dialysis without first thinking of Dr. Nolph.   HDU also appreciates and recognizes Dr. Nolph’s untiring leadership in chairing the Annual Dialysis Conference.


The Trailblazer Award is given to an individual or group who has consistently led the way in fostering knowledge about home dialysis and access to home treatment. Because of its unflagging commitment to home dialysis for many years, the Rubin Centers have been chosen as this year’s recipient. Since its founding in 1998, the non-profit Rubin Centers have encouraged home dialysis as a lifestyle friendly treatment option.


The Rich Berkowitz Memorial Award is given to a patient or care partner who has shown exceptional and creative leadership in patient education and advocacy and embodies the spirit of Home Dialyzors United’s founder. In this, the first year of the award, the HDU board is thrilled to honor Linda Upchurch for her constant support of Home Dialyzors United since its inception as NxStageUsers. Throughout the years, she has championed the cause of home dialyzors and their families at both local and national levels and has been a loyal friend to the organization.


Kathe LeBeau, HDU board member and longtime advocate for bettering the lives of kidney patients, will also be recognized posthumously for her unflagging dedication to the renal community.


The work of all the honorees has not only improved the lives of countless patients who have benefited from their pioneering effort but also the families who are impacted by their loved one’s chronic kidney failure.


Please join HDU in Indianapolis to recognize these winners and to explore “the Road Home.” Register for the conference and banquet at the Home Dialyzors United website www.homedialyzorsunited.org.