Heritage Park is site of ninth annual Downriver Kidney Walk

Heritage Park in Taylor is the site for the ninth annual Downriver Kidney Walk on Saturday, May 5.  The festivities begin with registration at 9 a.m. and the walk following at 10 a.m.

Food, music and children’s activities will all be part of the fun-filled morning.

The goals of the Kidney Walk are to increase awareness of chronic kidney disease and organ donation, to raise funds to support the programs and services of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and to have fun.

The foundation welcomes everyone to participate and walk along with friends and family.  All walkers are eligible for official prizes depending on the amount of money they raise. 

$50  Official Walk T-shirt
$125  Official Walk T-shirt & Kidney Foundation Baseball Cap
$200  Official Walk T-shirt, Choice of Catalog Item
$400  Official Walk T-shirt, Choice of Catalog Item
$750, $1000, $1500, $2500, $4000, $7500+ - Official Walk T-shirt, Choice of Catalog Item
It’s easy and fun to form a team and raise money for the Kidney Foundation. Visit www.firstgiving.com/nkfm to sign up for the walk or even create your own web page where friends and family can donate on line. You can also call the foundation at 1-800-482-1455 for more information on the Downriver Kidney Walk or the 9 other Kidney Walks across the state.

In Michigan, there are more than 11,000 people on dialysis and more than 2,500 people waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant. The number of children diagnosed with kidney disease climbs every day due to obesity and diabetes and one in nine American adults have chronic kidney disease -- and most don’t know it.

The Kidney Foundation helps more people in the prevention and treatment of kidney and urinary tract diseases than any other voluntary health agency. The mission of the foundation is to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it.