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Walk for Kidneys

Soldier Field, Stadium Green Lawn, 1410 Museum Campus Dr.
Chicago, Illinois

Date: Sunday, June 22, 2014
Time: Check-in and Health Fair open at 9:00am, Walk steps off at 10:30am

Walk Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)
Location: Soldier Field, Stadium Green Lawn (Click here for lawn area map or Click here for parking location map)
   

Traffic Alert: Portions of the Kennedy Expressway will be closed the day of the walk due to construction, so please plan accordingly! Lake Shore Drive will continue to be open. For more information and alternate routes, click here.

REGISTER HERE!
If you are unable to register online, you can register on the morning of the walk at the check-in tent.

We have a new name but it’s the same great event! The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois will host the 15th annual Walk for Kidneys health fair and fundraiser with special guest Scott MacIntyre, American Idol finalist and kidney transplant recipient. At 19 years old, Scott dealt with the overwhelming reality of undiagnosed end-stage kidney failure. After two years of searching for answers, undergoing dialysis and watching his dreams fall farther and farther out of reach, the wife of a former piano teacher donated her kidney, saving Scott's life. Join more than 2,500 walkers from all across Chicagoland at the walk on June 22 to hear Scott's story and a live performance!

               

We are also excited to announce that Secretary of State Jesse White, and the Jesse White Tumblers will also attend Walk for Kidneys, along with Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele and our emcee for the day, CBS meteorologist Steve Baskerville.

             

This three-mile walk along beautiful Lake Michigan is a day for patients, friends, family members and supporters to come together for one common cause: to improve the health and well-being of people at risk for or affected by kidney disease through prevention, education and empowerment.

Registration is free and all are welcome! We ask walkers to fundraise by asking friends and family to sponsor their efforts. Raise $75 or more and you will receive an official 2014 Walk for Kidneys t-shirt! Proceeds raised will directly support the crucial programs and services provided by the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois - programs that help people affected by or at-risk for kidney disease throughout Illinois. Your generosity and support of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is what makes these programs possible.

Help spread the word about Walk for Kidneys! RSVP on Facebook after you register, then invite family and friends to join you!
Or, click the images below to download and print our event poster, flyer and at-a-glance handout.

                        

        Poster: 11x17                         Flyer: 8.5x11                      At a Glance: 8.5x3.5 (1/3 Sheet)

To see photos from last year's event, please visit our Flickr Page.

Please contact Anne Peterson at (312) 321-1500 or apeterson@nkfi.org for more information.

Event Details

Date: Sunday, June 22, 2014
Time: Check-in and Health Fair open at 9:00am, Walk steps off at 10:30am
Walk Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)
Location: Soldier Field, Stadium Green Lawn (Click here for lawn area map or Click here for parking location map)
 

Registration: Registration is free and we ask every participant to register on this website so we can plan accordingly. If you have not already registered for the walk, please do so now by clicking "Register Today" above. Please register each walker (including children) individually. If you are unable to register online, you can register the morning of the walk at the check-in tent.
Donations: To make a general event donation, please click here click here.

Fundraising

There is no fee to walk and no minimum fundraising requirement. Walk for Kidneys, however, is one of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois' largest fundraisers and we do encourage every participant to make a donation of any size and to fundraise. All funds will benefit the programs and services offered by the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. Please click the Fundraising Resouces tab at the top of the page for more information and tips on getting started, or call (312) 321-1500 and someone can assist you.

Driving Directions

Traffic Alert: Portions of the Kennedy Expressway will be closed the day of the walk due to construction, so please plan accordingly! Lake Shore Drive will continue to be open. For more information and alternate routes, click here.

From I-55: Take I-55, the Stevenson Expressway, northbound to Lake Shore Drive/Highway 41 North. Take Lake Shore Drive north to the 18th Drive exit.

From I-290: The I-290, the Eisenhower Expressway, east to Congress Parkway. Take Congress Parkway to Columbus Drive. Turn right and take Columbus Drive south to the 18th Drive exit.

From I-90/94: Take I-90/94, the Dan Ryan Expressway, north to Lake Shore Drive/22nd Street exit. Stay to the right and exit to Lake Shore Drive. Take Lake Shore Drive/Highway 41 north to the 18th Drive exit.

From I-94: Take I-94, the Kennedy Expressway, south to the Congress Parkway exit. Follow Congress Parkway to Columbus Drive. Turn right on Columbus Drive and follow Columbus Drive south to the 18th Drive exit.

Parking: Parking is located in the Waldron Garage (off 18th Street) and the entrance is on the north side of the lot via Waldron Drive. The Walk for Kidneys discounted rate is $20. See the image at the top of this page for a map of the Waldron Garage location.

By CTA & Metra: There are several bus and train stops within walking distance of Soldier Field. We recommend contacting the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) at (888) 968-7282 / www.chicagotransit.com, the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) at (312) 836-7000 / www.rtachicago.com, or Metra at (312) 322-6777 / www.metrarail.com to plan your bus or train travel.

FUNdraise!

Walk for Kidneys is one of our largest fundraisers of the year, and we need your help to make this year bigger and better than before! While event registration is free, we ask all walkers to make a personal donation of any amount (every dollar counts!) and we encourage everyone to fundraise. To make a donation online click here or click “Register Today” in the upper right-hand corner of this page, where you can register and make a donation at the same time. If you would like to mail a check or have checks/cash to turn in at the walk, please download, print and complete this form and either mail it to our office (215 W. Illinois St. Ste 1C, Chicago, IL 60654) or turn it in at the check-in tent on Sunday.

To get started on your fundraising, we've put together the following resources to make your fundraising easy and fun!

Keep Track of Donations

Have you received cash or check donations that you want to add to your personal fundraising page? Download this Offline Donation Form and send it in with any offline donations you receive to the NKFI office (215 W. Illinois St. Ste 1C, Chicago, IL 60654). Or, bring the form and donations with you to Walk for Kidneys on June 22 to turn in at the check-in tent.

Start A Team

Interested in starting a team, to invite family and friends to join you? First, click here to register and set-up your personal fundraising page. Next, download our Team Captain Guide. This guide will help you every step of the way!
 

Spread the Word

Click the images below to download and print our event poster, flyer and at-a-glance handout.

                        

        Poster: 11x17                         Flyer: 8.5x11                      At a Glance: 8.5x3.5 (1/3 Sheet)
 

Social Media

Use social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to help spread the word and ask for support or donations! Link your posts back to the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois pages at www.facebook.com/IllinoisKidney and www.twitter.com/IllinoisKidney. After you register for the walk, RSVP on our Facebook event page, then invite family and friends!

Click the image below to download a Walk for Kidneys Facebook cover photo that you can upload to your personal profile page for even more awareness.


 

General Fundraising Tips

  • Do you know the number one reason people don't give money to a charity? It's because they haven't been asked! So start by asking your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, ANYONE you can think of, to make a donation to your fundraising efforts!
  • Personalize your page! People are more likely to make a donation if they know why it's important. Upload a picture to your website and tell everyone why fighting kidney disease is important to you!
  • Set a goal! People will like to see that their donation is helping you reach your goal! Try tying your goal to an important number. For example, if it has been three years since your kidney transplant, set a goal to raise $300.
  • Spread the word! Talk about the walk and your fundraising efforts on Facebook and Twitter, at family reunions and birthday parties, around the office, and more! Talking about the walk will not only generate donations, it will educate people about kidney disease and the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois!
  • Don't forget to thank your donors! Send an email, thank you card, or pictures from the walk - just make sure to let them know how important their support is!
  • And most importantly, have FUN doing it! This is serious and important work, but it should also be fun!

Need more ideas? Contact Anne Peterson at (312) 321-1500 or apeterson@nkfi.org.

Volunteer at Walk for Kidneys!

Our Walk for Kidneys volunteers help to welcome and register guests, greet and escort speakers and VIPs, direct attendees, and more. Please fill out the Volunteer Application and check the "Special Events" box at the bottom of the application if you are interested in volunteering at Walk for Kidneys.

Please join us in thanking this year's Walk for Kidneys sponsors!

 

Presenting Sponsor
 

 

Gold Sponsor

 

 

Silver Sponsors
 

       
 

      


Event Partners


          
 

Exhibitors

Advocate Christ Medical Center

Nephrology Associates of Northern Illinois and Indiana (NANI)

Rush University Medical Center

The University of Chicago Medicine

 

For information on sponsoring the 2014 Walk for Kidneys, please call (312) 321-1500.

Team Spotlights

Team Amanda
Team JK Kidney Bean
Team Sweet's Supporters
Team Izzywalkeez

Featured Stories

SouthTown Star: Walk for Kidneys: For Chicago Heights woman, it's personal
Northwest Indiana Times: Chicago Heights woman helps others while waiting for kidney
DNAinfo Chicago: Logan Man Walks for Kidney Disease After 'Silent Killer' Nearly Killed Him
Chicago Sun-Times Voices: Sue's Morning Stretch: 'Idol' Finalist at Walk for Kidneys
Carol Stream Suburban Life: Carol Stream girl with kidney disease finds support through family, friends

Media Resources

Press Release: Kidney Transplant Recipient and American Idol Finalist to Perform at Walk for Kidneys
Photos from the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois' 2013 Walk: flickr.com/photos/IllinoisKidney

For media and interview requests, more information on Walk for Kidneys or kidney disease in Illinois, please contact Jennifer Chaput, Communications Manager, at jchaput@nkfi.org or (312) 321-1500. For event-day media requests, please call (312) 305-0334.


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