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.
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!
location & schedule
how to get here, and what to expect
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!
make the most of your walk
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.
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.
This cotton drawstring bag will help you carry all the giveaways and fundraising prizes.
Stay shaded from the summer sun in this
relaxed, adjustable cap.
This over-sized picnic and beach blanket is perfect for enjoying lunch with your family.
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.