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walk for kidneys

Summer 2021


move towards a healthy future

our community, marching together

The 2020 Walk for Kidneys is going VIRTUAL


The Walk for Kidneys will be going VIRTUAL for the first time. While the pandemic has cancelled many important moments in our lives, our mission to walk strong for kidney health isn't cancelled, and neither is our Walk for Kidneys! We’re inviting you to Walk Where You Are, because the people living with kidney disease need our support now, as much as ever.

Walk for Kidneys is a family-friendly celebration of passion and progress. This annual event is an incredible opportunity for supporters of the NKFI to come together, show their spirit, and demonstrate their determination to make a difference in the fight against kidney disease. Join other supporters of the NKFI mission for this festive three-mile walk, and help us win the race against kidney disease. With your assistance, we'll raise approximately $175,000 in support of research, public education, and patient services, and together we will make an incredible impact in the lives of patients and families.

We encourage you to visit these FAQs for the most up-to-date information. Contact Allie Widmer at or 312-321-1500 with questions or for more information. 


event details & overview


  • Registration: It is free to register for Walk for Kidneys. If you'd like to participate, we encourage you to make a donation or organize a fundraising effort as a sign of your commitment to kidney health, research, and education. You can fundraise as part of a team or as an individual, and we've made it easy for you to share your effort on social media, so you can introduce your friends and family to our work.


  • The Route: The Walk will parade through your neighborhood, local park, forest preserve, wherever you choose!   


  • The Pace: Even thought the route is roughly equivalent in length to a 5K, you should expect to embark on an easy-going stroll, rather than an athletic foot-race. Plan to take your time, and enjoy your teammates' company.


  • Families and Pets: Involve the whole family - of all ages and species! Just be sure to pack a few poop bags (or diapers!) and water for everyone. 


  • The Weather: Walk for Kidneys takes place rain or shine. Since the event is virtual this year, you can complete the route when it's cooler or sunny - whatever you choose! 

register here

Ready to sign up?


Click below to begin registering as part of a team, or an an individual.

sponsor the event

Want to support? 

Click below to review all of the sponsorship opportunities.

fundraise virtually

Still on lockdown?

No problem! We brainstormed a bunch of ways to raise money while you stay safe at home.

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location & schedule

how to get here, and what to expect

Event Location


Your neighborhood, local park, forest preserve, walking trail, path - where ever you choose! 




We'll have fun activities you won't want to miss between 10:00-11:30am. We'll be live on Facebook and Zoom with fun activities for the whole family, we'll share pictures, videos, and pay tribute to the honor and memory of all those we're walking for. 


SUN, SEPT 13, 2020 


10:00am: Celebration Ceremony

10:10am: KIDney Zone Fun

10:15am: Start the Day Right Cooking Demo

10:25am: Half Way Point Water Break

10:30am: Tribute Ceremony

10:40am: Zumba Warm-Up

10:45am: Closing Ceremony

10:50am: Walk it Out!

event resources

make the most of your walk


Get fun ideas for creative fundraising in the age of social distancing. The more you raise, the more you earn! 

(See prizes below)

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Create a Facebook Fundraiser, Instagram donation box, and learn more about applying those donations to your total. 

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Fill out the blank section with your team information and share, print, or email to your friends, family and co-workers. 

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Need helping getting your squad set up? Check out this handy, step-by-step tutorial and you'll be up and running in no time. 

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Signing up with an existing team is simple. Just use this guide, follow the prompts, and before you know it: you'll be ready to go, go, go.


Need some inspiration to help you reach your fundraising goals? This informative handout will take you through sign up, and get you prepped.

fundraising prizes

the more you raise, the more you earn*

*prizes are for individual fundraising, not team totals unless otherwise noted. Images are mockups, actual colors and finished products may look different than the images below. 

raise $100+

Get the official Walk for Kidneys 2020 t-shirt! Great goal for each team member. Raise your $100 by 8/24/20 to receive your shirt in time for the Walk. 

raise $250+

This cotton drawstring bag will help you carry all the giveaways and fundraising prizes.  

raise $500+


Stay shaded from the summer sun in this

relaxed, adjustable cap.

raise $750+

This over-sized picnic and beach blanket is perfect for enjoying lunch with your family.

raise $1,000+


Keep your water cold or your coffee hot in this copper insulated tumbler. 

team prize: raise $1,000+

If your team raises $1,000+ by or before 8/24/20, you'll receive a banner with your team name printed on it. 


pictures from past walks

scenes from the path to health











walk for kidneys sponsors

pushing us towards the finish line

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois wouldn't be able to impact the lives of patients, families, and communities without the help of our dedicated, Walk for Kidneys sponsors.

Interested in sponsoring this event? Review the 2021 sponsorship packet or contact Allie Widmer at or 312-321-1500. 

Presenting Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Halfway Point Sponsor


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toll free: (800) 9 - KIDNEY

fax: (312) 321 - 1505


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