Our mission is to bring communities and businesses together. We are a liaison between Healthcare providers, patients, and caregivers in our communities in Middle Georgia.
We have many End-Stage Renal Failure patients of various ages in our area; who are cared for by friends, families & neighbors. We wish to provide knowledge, resources and support for quality care from caregivers to our patients.
In May of 2015, Dr. Reuben Ellis and Gwen Gordon started talking about a support group for Dialysis Patients and Caregivers. We decided on starting a non-profit organization that could help with lodging when family members would come from out of town to visit patients.
During our time dealing with dialysis patients, We found four common issues that most families would need resources and other support with:
- Emotional support
- Finances (parking, buying food and a place to relax with kids)
Our goal is to provide a facility that addresses all four of those concerns,
This lodge will allow caregivers an opportunity to have breakfast, rest and peace of mind for their families in a safe environment. These family members will not have to be Dialysis patients. We want to start with five families and grow. This not only help these families, but it helps the hospitals with families that must bring kids into an already stressful environment.
We have already started working with businesses in our community to not only relieve tensions but also educate our communities about the different types of situations families face during these trying times in their life’s.
Trends In Transplant (Piedmont Hospital – Atlanta, Georgia)
An educational conference to educate our community about new trends in Kidney Transplants also, they are partners with Middle Georgia Medical Center. February 26, 2016.
The phoenix Society Foundation-contributed by sponsoring a cruise to the Bahamas JUNE 13, 2016. This event helped with allowing patients, caregivers and a volunteered nurse and to enjoy getting to know each other in a pleasing and fun environment.
Natalie Chambless-Beech attended our monthly meeting to discuss the importance of organ donation not only for the patient, but also for the families by bringing a heartfelt gift to another person. The members of the living donor campaign represent Bibb County, Monroe County, Peach County, Baldwin County, Sumter County and the whole Middle Georgia area.
October 6, 2016
We had our first fundraiser at Wal-Mart on 6020 Harrison Rd. These funds were the beginning of our journey to becoming a 501(c)3 Non-Profit.
local church donated an in-kind offering by Vice President Pearlyn Troutman. Through our monthly meeting.
December 8, 2016
We designed and sold our first TEE -SHIRTS with a logo to show our unity and camaraderie.
December 16, 2016
We celebrated our Christmas Party sponsored by The PHOENIX SOCIETY FOUNDATION.
January 11, 2017
We had our first meeting of the year. Attendee’s Angela Gordon, Gwen Gordon, Pearlyn Troutman,
Marilyn Barkley, Chanta Stephens and Dr. Reuben Ellis, and Ronald and Elaine Hughes.
We discussed becoming an501 (c) 3 organization, to help our patients and caregivers become
more informed about Dialysis and Kidney Disease. We started working on educating ourselves on the proper forms and information
that we would need to complete the process.
February 11, 2017
We started selling Georgia Kidney Fighters Support Group T- Shirts (GKFSG).
March 1, 2017
Our group met to discuss our first Fundraiser at the Advanced Auto Parts on 3230 Mercer University Dr.
March 4, 2017
Fundraiser (First) Denise and Winton Mays, Ronald and Elaine Hughes, Pearlyn Troutman, Chanta Stephens, Marilyn Barkley
Felecia Hamlin, Gwen Gordon and Angela Gordon
March 25, 2017
– Second Fundraiser – American Legion, Attendee’s: Gwen Gordon, Selby and Felecia Hamlin and Gwen and Angela Gordon, Marilyn Barkley
Warner Robins, Georgia (location).
April 19, 2017
Monthly Meeting to discuss progress on Incorporation. All paper work has been turned in to I.R.S.
May 8, 2017
Turn in Forms to Secretary State of Georgia for Incorporation.
June 9, 2017
Meeting attendee’s: Chanta Stephens, Gwen Gordon, Marilyn Barkley, Angela Gordon, Pearlyn Troutman, Ronald and Elaine Hughes,
And Dr, Ellis. T – Shirts are selling good.
Meeting discussed Fundraiser Successful!
August 9, 2017
Sept. 21, 2017
Monthly meeting – New member Norman Bostic – Jarin Bostic designed our logo
October 11, 2017
Monthly meeting – Getting orders for T-Shirts and Started our Traditional Elegance “After Valentine Ball for February 24, 2018,
Sponsored by Linda Solomom
Nov. 20 – 2017
Georgia Kidney Fighters Support Group, Community Turkey and Ham with Bags of potatoe’s Give-Away
Dec. 13, 2017
Monthly Meeting attended by all members
December. 15, 2017
Christmas Party!!! Sponsored by THE PHOENIX FOUNDATION