About Us

We are on a mission to save lives through early detection, education and patient support

Texas Kidney Foundation (TKF) is dedicated to the early detection of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Because we know the difficulties that go along with CKD, we use a proactive approach to address the disease. We believe early detection, education and support will help Texans maintain their quality of life. TKF began because there was a need for patient services in the San Antonio and Rio Grande Valley regions because the local chapter of the nation’s largest kidney foundation closed its doors and left the area. Unfortunately, they didn’t take kidney disease with them.


Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of people at risk or affected by kidney disease through education, prevention and support by increasing organ donation and transplantation.


Founded in 2011, the Texas Kidney Foundation was formed by a tenacious transplant physician, Francis Wright, MD; a community champion, Jennifer Milton, RN MBA; and a humble patient advocate, Marilyn Garcia joined forces to create a foundation that would stand strong to serve communities across the great state of Texas. They put together a board of civic minded people with a connection to renal disease. The board hired a small staff and recruited an army of volunteers. They all quickly began the work to restore services and meet the needs of the South Texas renal community. Each year TKF has expanded patient services and strengthened programs.

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Leadership Team