Local Kidney Walk ambassadors invite all to take part in 11th annual event

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With scissors in hand Meghan Rice along with her husband Wes and their daughter Charlotte in the stroller cuts the ribbon to the 2017 Salisbury Kidney Walk. The Mt. Vernon couple takes part in honor of their daughter who was born in 2016 without kidneys and is on dialysis regularly until a donor kidney becomes available. This year’s walk is May 6 at Winter Place Park and again some 500 people are expected to participate.

SALISBURY — The National Kidney Foundation’s 11th annual Salisbury Kidney Walk returns to Winter Place Park on Sunday, May 6 with Walk Ambassadors Meghan, Wes and Charlotte Rice of Mt. Vernon again cutting the ribbon at 10 a.m.

Charlotte was born in 2016 with no kidneys and has been on dialysis since she was one-week-old. She is awaiting a kidney transplant. Funds raised through the Kidney Walk will directly support NKF’s local patient services, education and research efforts.

“I would like to spread awareness that Kidney disease does not discriminate based on age or race,” Mrs. Rice wrote recently on her Facebook page. “Please donate and help support Charlotte’s journey.”

At the walk more than 500 people are expected to step up to raise awareness of kidney disease, organ donation and the importance of early screening and healthy lifestyle for those at risk. As the 9th leading cause of death in the United States, kidney disease affects 9,300 Marylanders. With the increase in diabetes and high blood pressure, the numbers continue to climb.

“Participating in Kidney Walk can help save lives,” said returning event Chair Stephanie Elliott, MS, BSN, CNN (renal services program manager with Peninsula Regional Medical Center). “NKF reminds walkers that it only takes two simple tests at your primary care doctor’s office to check for any red flags. That’s important, because kidneys are essential to keeping us alive and healthy.” Continue reading
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