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Lori Hartwell

Author, Advocate, Founder of The Renal Support Network & Chronic Kidney Disease Survivor

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 Lori Hartwell Biography

When doctors put two-year-old Lori Hartwell on dialysis after her kidneys mysteriously stopped working, they didn’t expect her to live. That was the first time she beat seemingly insurmountable odds to survive, and she continues to “one-up” the statistics today. As a young patient, Hartwell encountered the pioneering stages of renal replacement therapy. She was the youngest person in the state of California ever to be placed on peritoneal dialysis. She was on dialysis for almost 13 years (both peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis) and has had four kidney transplants―the last of which took place on February 4, 2011. Hartwell has emerged as a powerful example of how people with chronic illness can lead complete and productive lives.

The insightful, often humorous, and touching story of how Hartwell chose to live life rather than succumb to its obstacles is laid out in her book, "Chronically Happy – Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness," which chronicles her approach of taking simple, logical steps in order to realize one’s dreams. "Chronically Happy," published in 2002, is the first book written by a kidney patient ever to reach national distribution selling over 25,000 copies.

Hartwell realized one of her most ambitious dreams to date when, in 1993, she founded the Renal Support Network (RSN) to instill “health, happiness, and hope” into the lives of those affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD). The influence of this patient-led organization ― which started out as a Southern California grassroots effort ― now extends across America. RSN’s mission is to identify and meet the non-medical needs of people affected by CKD, whether they are in the early stages of the disease, on dialysis, or with a kidney transplant.

Hartwell began her career in the renal field as a technical sales specialist for HemaMetrics (formerly In-Line Diagnostics), developers of a hematocrit-controlled hemodialysis technology. She then accepted the position of Western Regional Sales Manager for Medcomp, distributors of vascular access catheters, where she oversaw company activities in seven states. This broad-based first-hand knowledge of patients and kidney disease led naturally to publishing, where Hartwell became editor of the medical journal Contemporary Dialysis & Nephrology and of the lay journal For Patients Only. She was the content publisher of the popular website iKidney.com, which served the entire renal community. Combining this experience with her knowledge of renal disease from both the patient and industry perspectives, Hartwell established Hartwell Communications in 2000, for which she consults on and creates patient-related educational materials.

She wrote and produced “Communication Prescription for the Renal Care Professional,” a 60-minute video that shares practical advice, creative communication concepts, and stories of hope from people who live with kidney disease as well as from veteran renal care professionals. This video, which won a 2001 Aegis Award for its production quality, illustrates the positive impact that renal care professionals can have on people’s lives. Hartwell continues to travel the world giving motivational and educational presentations to renal healthcare professionals, patients, and industry representatives, both at national nephrology conferences and at the regional level.

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Chronically Happy: Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness

Chronically Happy: Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness

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Lori Hartwell

Author, Advocate, Founder of The Renal Support Network & Chronic Kidney Disease Survivor

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Lori Hartwell Biography

When doctors put two-year-old Lori Hartwell on dialysis after her kidneys mysteriously stopped working, they didn’t expect her to live. That was the first time she beat seemingly insurmountable odds to survive, and she continues to “one-up” the statistics today. As a young patient, Hartwell encountered the pioneering stages of renal replacement therapy. She was the youngest person in the state of California ever to be placed on peritoneal dialysis. She was on dialysis for almost 13 years (both peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis) and has had four kidney transplants―the last of which took place on February 4, 2011. Hartwell has emerged as a powerful example of how people with chronic illness can lead complete and productive lives.

The insightful, often humorous, and touching story of how Hartwell chose to live life rather than succumb to its obstacles is laid out in her book, "Chronically Happy – Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness," which chronicles her approach of taking simple, logical steps in order to realize one’s dreams. "Chronically Happy," published in 2002, is the first book written by a kidney patient ever to reach national distribution selling over 25,000 copies.

Hartwell realized one of her most ambitious dreams to date when, in 1993, she founded the Renal Support Network (RSN) to instill “health, happiness, and hope” into the lives of those affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD). The influence of this patient-led organization ― which started out as a Southern California grassroots effort ― now extends across America. RSN’s mission is to identify and meet the non-medical needs of people affected by CKD, whether they are in the early stages of the disease, on dialysis, or with a kidney transplant.

Hartwell began her career in the renal field as a technical sales specialist for HemaMetrics (formerly In-Line Diagnostics), developers of a hematocrit-controlled hemodialysis technology. She then accepted the position of Western Regional Sales Manager for Medcomp, distributors of vascular access catheters, where she oversaw company activities in seven states. This broad-based first-hand knowledge of patients and kidney disease led naturally to publishing, where Hartwell became editor of the medical journal Contemporary Dialysis & Nephrology and of the lay journal For Patients Only. She was the content publisher of the popular website iKidney.com, which served the entire renal community. Combining this experience with her knowledge of renal disease from both the patient and industry perspectives, Hartwell established Hartwell Communications in 2000, for which she consults on and creates patient-related educational materials.

She wrote and produced “Communication Prescription for the Renal Care Professional,” a 60-minute video that shares practical advice, creative communication concepts, and stories of hope from people who live with kidney disease as well as from veteran renal care professionals. This video, which won a 2001 Aegis Award for its production quality, illustrates the positive impact that renal care professionals can have on people’s lives. Hartwell continues to travel the world giving motivational and educational presentations to renal healthcare professionals, patients, and industry representatives, both at national nephrology conferences and at the regional level.

Lori Hartwell Videos

  • 21st Annual Renal Teen Prom
    Magicians’ hats, sequined bowties, magic trick card decks, wands, and two people in head to toe rabbit suits made for an over-the-top theme party...
  • Lori Hartwell speech - 2014 Breakfast of Hope - Northwest Kidney...
    Renal Support Network founder Lori Hartwell shares a message of inspiration at Northwest Kidney Centers' 2014 Breakfast of Hope fundraising event....
  • Lori Hartwell ASN President's Medal 2013
    Lori Hartwell, Renal Support Network (RSN) President and Founder received the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) President's Medal in November...

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  • How much does it cost to book Lori Hartwell?

    Booking fees for Lori Hartwell, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Lori Hartwell, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Lori Hartwell?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Lori Hartwell for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Lori Hartwell for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Lori Hartwell or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Lori Hartwell or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Lori Hartwell is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Lori Hartwell for your event is available upon request. Lori Hartwell generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Risa Simon, Paul Conway, Richard Knight, Ed Hearn and Diana Clynes. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Lori Hartwell for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Lori Hartwell Speaker Videos

  • 21st Annual Renal Teen Prom
    Magicians’ hats, sequined bowties, magic trick card decks, wands, and two people in head to toe rabbit suits made for an over-the-top theme party experience at the 21sth annual Renal Teen Prom held...
    Lori Hartwell speech - 2014 Breakfast of Hope - Northwest Kidney Centers
    Renal Support Network founder Lori Hartwell shares a message of inspiration at Northwest Kidney Centers' 2014 Breakfast of Hope fundraising event. For more information, go to www.nwkidney.org.
  • Lori Hartwell ASN President's Medal 2013
    Lori Hartwell, Renal Support Network (RSN) President and Founder received the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) President's Medal in November 2013. She is the first person living with kidney...
    The Lori Hartwell Story
    Lori Hartwell, Founder and President of Renal Support Network.

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