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ATLANTA --  (Photos by Chanda Scott) The Diamond Awards were established to honor individuals in the entertainment and business worlds who, through their perseverance and success, have made a significant impact on their industries. From donating their time, money and influence to philanthropic activities, to acting as a role model or pioneer for others in their fields, these individuals have opened new doors and changed the world.

The Not Alone Foundation

“Even in our first year, the response and support we have received for both the Foundation and Diamond Awards from local and national celebrities and business people has been incredible,” said Mark Dodd, CEO of The Not Alone Foundation. The caliber of honorees, sponsors, and attendees demonstrates the generosity and concern from both our local community and people across the country to support such a worthy cause.

Every year, more than 100,000 Americans are diagnosed with kidney failure and more than 400,000 Americans suffer from (ESKD), which occurs when the kidneys are no longer able to function at a level needed for day-to-day life. The average estimated cost of a kidney transplant in the United States is more than $250,000. The Not Alone Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Atlanta and dedicated to providing financial assistance and educational and medical resources for CKD and ESRD patients and their families. The goals of the organization are two-fold: to help adult end-stage renal disease patients become members of the official kidney transplant list and to support the families of children and teens suffering from ESRD. The Not Alone Foundation was established by Mark Dodd, Morehouse College Alumnus following his own challenges to get on the official kidney transplant list. In addition to providing financial assistance for patients, the foundation also sponsors research and public education that promotes the prevention of diseases that can lead to kidney failure.