16th Annual Breakfast of Hope – pre-event

May 10, 2018 | Westin Seattle

Savoring the morning at the Breakfast of Hope

At the 16th annual Breakfast of Hope May 10, Chef Duane Sunwold talked about his own encounter with kidney disease and how it helped transform him into a leading proponent of kidney-friendly foods. The $346,000 raised by sponsors and attendees will help Northwest Kidney Centers provide nutrition and fitness education along with charity care.


Check out Chef Duane’s recipes for grilled vegetable pasta salad, sweet potato burritos and caramel apple pound cake.



Owen Applequist featured at this year's Breakfast

Highlights of his story

Featured at our 2018 Breakfast of Hope

Chef Duane Sunwold
Keynote speaker

Duane Sunwold is an instructor at the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy in Spokane. Diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2000, Sunwold was able to return to good health with medical guidance and dietary changes. He is a passionate advocate for good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.


Katy Wilkens, MS, RD

Nutrition and Fitness manager at Northwest Kidney Centers, Katy Wilkens has taught patients and community members about renal nutrition for four decades. She is a regular columnist for local and national publications, and has been honored by the National Kidney Foundation.


Enrique Cerna
Master of ceremonies

Enrique Cerna has been a luminary in Northwest broadcasting for more than 40 years. He has worked at KOMO, KING and KCTS, and won nine Northwest Region Emmy Awards over his distinguished career. In 2013 he was inducted into the Silver Circle of the Northwest Chapter, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.