Walk for Kidneys Raises More Than $225,000 for Fight Against Kidney Disease
June 30, 2016
On Saturday, June 25, 2016, more than 4,000 people gathered together in Lincoln Park for the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ 17th annual Walk for Kidneys. The two-mile walk raised more than $225,000 with donations still coming in. Funds raised will go toward kidney disease screening, prevention and educational programs, helping those at risk for or affected by kidney disease across the state of Illinois.
Kidney disease is on the rise, and currently kills more than 90,000 Americans every year. Every ten minutes, someone is added to the national transplant waiting list, and one in three American adults is at high risk for kidney disease. The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is working to educate Illinois residents about the risk of kidney disease, since if left untreated, it can lead to kidney failure, causing those affected to rely on dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive.
Among the attendees at Walk for Kidneys was local Chicago radio personality, John St. Augustine, who spoke on his experience as a living kidney donor for his daughter, and Giuseppe Accogli, President of the Renal Division at Baxter, Walk for Kidneys’ Presenting Sponsor. Attendees enjoyed a health fair, bounce house, “kid-ney zone” kid’s tent, and snacks provided by Jewel-Osco.
More than 150 teams formed to raise funds for the Walk. The top five fundraising teams this year—including online and offline donations—were Team Fresenius, bringing in just over $20,000, followed by Kamphuis Krew, Team Baxter, Associates in Nephrology, and Kidney Kousins.
Walk for Kidneys is made possible each year through the immense support of family teams, volunteers, donors and sponsors. Walk for Kidneys was presented by Baxter International, Inc., headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois.
To see photos from Walk for Kidneys, visit our Flickr Album.
About the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois improves the health and well-being of people at risk for and affected by kidney disease through prevention, education and empowerment.