RSN Founder and President

The Renal Support Network (RSN) is a nonprofit, patient-focused, patient-run organization that provides nonmedical services to those affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD).

RSN was founded in 1993 by Lori Hartwell—a CKD survivor since 1968—to instill health, happiness, and hope into the lives of those affected by the disease.

The influence of this nonprofit, patient-focused, patient-run organization, which started out as a local grassroots effort, now extends across America. RSN’s mission is to identify and meet the nonmedical needs of people affected by CKD, whether they are in the early stages of the disease, are on dialysis, or have received a transplant.

RSN accomplishes this by providing service, support, and advocacy to patients and their families, and by building coalitions within the renal community. RSN strives to help patients with CKD develop their personal coping skills, special talents, and employability by educating and empowering them, as well as their family members, to take control of the course and management of the disease.

We let them know that they are not alone in their struggle against CKD. We will continually expand our ability to

  • Help patients find resources to understand and manage their disease
  • Produce materials and activities that make their lives more enjoyable
  • Offer education on life enhancement and illness-related issues to patients and their families
  • Showcase the talent and untapped potential of people with CKD
  • Teach patients how to advocate for themselves with legislative partnering