Kidneeds was founded by Richard Smith and Lynne Lanning in 1997. Their daughter, Jenna, was diagnosed with DDD in 1993. Kidneeds began awarding grants for DDD research a year later. To date, Kidneeds has awarded over $1,250,000 to scientists around the world to study DDD and C3GN.
Kidneeds is an Iowa non-profit corporation that is a fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation (324 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401). Kidneeds has 501(C)(3) status and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.
Grant applications to Kidneeds are reviewed and scored by the Board of Scientific Advisors. Based on these scores, funding recommendations are made by the Board of Directors and finalized by the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.
Kidneeds Board of Directors:
Lynne Lanning, RN, JD - President
Sean Tully - Vice President
Richard J.H. Smith, MD - Secretary
Randi Levitz, PhD
Kidneeds does not accept advertising. The information provided on the Kidneeds web site is intended to support but not replace the relationship between you and your health care provider. All links to web sites run by organizations other than Kidneeds are intended for informational purposes only. Kidneeds does not endorse or recommend any products or services provided by other organizations.
Kidneeds will not release any personal/medical information to any outside group or individual. Kidneeds may use personal/medical information anonymously for research purposes, but only with the express permission of the individual.