For the 20th consecutive year, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is asking the community to join more than 8,000 walkers and supporters at their annual Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo to fight kidney disease on Sunday, May 15. This year the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan’s goals are high as they look to capture the ranking as the number one Kidney Walk in the nation, beyond New York.
Over the last twenty years, more than 65,000 walkers have taken part in the annual Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo which has raised $5.5 million since it first started in 1996. This year’s goals are to host more than 8,000 walkers and raise more than $600,000 to surpass the number of walkers and money raised at the New York Kidney Walk.
The Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo will draw attention to the importance of early detection and kidney disease prevention, while raising funds in support of kidney patients and their families.
• More than 900,000 Michigan residents are living with chronic kidney disease and most don’t know it
• Diabetes and high blood pressure are the two leading causes of chronic kidney disease
• 70% of kidney disease can be prevented
• One in nine people have kidney disease
• 90 cents of every dollar raised for the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan goes back into the organization’s prevention programs and patient services
• The mission of the National kidney Foundation of Michigan is to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it.
Festivities at this year’s Kidney Walk include food, games, prizes, music, a kidney Champions Tent, and much more. Wright Lassiter III, President of Henry Ford Health System, will serve as the Honorary Chair of the 2016 Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo. The Walk is sponsored by Henry Ford Health System, Health Alliance Plan, Meijer, Greenfield Health Systems, McCann Worldgroup Detroit, CBS Radio, Subway and Fox 2 Detroit.
Participants can register onsite on the day of the Walk or online before the Walk date. Registration is $25 per person (over the age of 12) and $10 per child for ages 2-12 and includes parking, Zoo admission, and activities. Kids under the age of 2 years old are free. Additional fundraising beyond the registration fee is encouraged. Participants who raise $100 or more receive a Kidney Walk t-shirt. the Detroit Zoo is located in Royal Oak at 8450 West 10 Mile Road. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the Walk kicks off at 8:30 a.m.
For more information or to register, visit www.nkfm.org/walks or call Lisa Schutz Jelic at the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan at 800-482-1455, ext. 210.