The genesis of the Dialysis Scholarship Fund (DSF) started with an inspiration of its founder, John M Turek, based on his own experience as a dialysis patient. After enduring several years of mind-numbing, seemingly endless treatments, during which he spent thousands of non-productive hours, he wondered how this time could be used more constructively. In other words: "What would it take to transform this useless "Downtime" into useful "Uptime".

With the proliferation of internet-based educational courses, came part of the solution. The rest came from the certification of the Dialysis Scholarship Fund as a non-profit, public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

As such, DSF can solicit and accept public and private charitable donations to fund educational scholarships for qualified beneficiaries, who will use their dialysis treatment time to further their education.

Since the typical patient during this trying times does not have his own financial resources for educational advancement, a DSF educational assistance grant will have a significant impact on their life. Besides the enjoyment of learning and the satisfaction of one's educational goal attainment, the critical long-term benefit will be the prospect of a better financial future as a result of higher education.

end stage renal disease facts

• Twenty-six million American adults have chronic kidney disease (CKD), the precursor to End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), and millions more are at increased risk.

• Many people with an advanced form of kidney disease do not know they have weak or failing kidneys, but early detection and treatment can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure.

• ESRD refers to complete and irreversible kidney failure.

• There are more than one million ESRD sufferers worldwide, with more than 571,000 individuals living in the U.S.

• More than 87,000 people die from causes related to kidney failure each year.It is estimated that by 2015, more than 700,000 Americans will have ESRD.