In Memoriam: Derek L. Forfang

Derek’s dedication and passion for the Responsum for CKD platform were evident to all who had the privilege of working with him. His tireless efforts helped countless individuals, and he left an indelible mark on the community. His vision, commitment, and unwavering support for those with CKD will forever be remembered. Derek was not only a champion for the cause but also a beloved member of our community. He will be deeply missed, but his legacy will live on through the work he so passionately supported.

Derek L. Forfang was a type 1 diabetic since age 10 and an ESRD patient since 1999. He utilized various treatment modalities, including transplantation, peritoneal dialysis, and in-center hemodialysis. Both his mother and grandfather were type 2 diabetics and experienced kidney failure, as well.

Derek was the Chair of the National Forum of ESRD Networks, Kidney Patient Advisory Council, (KPAC), and member of the Forum’s Board of Directors. Derek also served as Chair of the National Kidney Foundation’s (NKF) Kidney Advocacy Committee (KAC) and chairs the NKF Public Policy Committee. He was also a member of the Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) Patient and Family Partner Council.