Community Unites to Raise Awareness For Kidney Disease
BOSTON —Boston, MA– The National Kidney Foundation’s Boston Kidney Walk is set to kick off from Canal Park, Cambridge on October 16. Over 1,500 people are expected to step up for the event to raise awareness of kidney disease, organ donation and the importance of early screening and healthy lifestyle for those at risk.
“This walk will help others take the lifesaving step of getting their kidneys checked,” said Ed Medeiros, President East Commerce Solutions and Corporate Walk Chair. “By participating in the Kidney Walk, we're all helping sound the alert about the public health problem of kidney disease. There are 26 million Americans living with kidney disease, and most of them don’t know it. Anyone with high blood pressure, diabetes, a family history of kidney failure, and anyone over the age of 60 is at risk are strongly encouraged to get their kidneys checked."
With the increase in diabetes and high blood pressure -- two major kidney disease risk factors -- kidney disease is on the rise. In MA 6,300 are being treated for kidney failure, and 2,360 are awaiting lifesaving transplants.
The Kidney Walk is the nation's largest fundraiser to fight kidney disease. Held in nearly 100 communities, more than 75,000 walkers join NKF to raise over $8 million to help kidney patients and their families each year. More than 80 cents of every dollar donated directly supports NKF programs and services.
Registration begins at 9:30am and the 2.5 mile walk begins at 11am. To register for the Kidney Walk, visit www.kidneywalk.org or call 781-278-0222 ext.332 for more information.
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