Walk for Kidneys Raises More Than $240,000 for Fight Against Kidney Disease
On Sunday, June 25, 2017, more than 4,000 people gathered together at Soldier Field for the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ 18th annual Walk for Kidneys. The three-mile walk raised more than $240,000 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 NBC Chicago’s Natalie Martinez, who emceed the event, Gavin Campbell, General Manager of Baxter International Inc.’s US Renal Division, Walk for Kidneys’ Presenting Sponsor, and Randy Adamsick, who received a new kidney after sharing photos of last year’s Walk for Kidneys. Attendees enjoyed a health fair that included free glucose testing, sponsored by Baxter International Inc., a moon bounce, the “kid-ney zone” kids’ tent, and snacks provided by Jewel-Osco.
More than 160 teams formed to raise funds for the Walk. The top five fundraising teams this year—including online and offline donations—were Team Fresenius, Team Baxter, Dylan’s Super Squad, Just a Couple of Kids, and Team AJ.
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.
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. To learn more, please visit http://www.nkfi.org