For the past 21 years, more than 70,000 metro Detroit walkers and supporters have teamed up to raise more that $6 million for the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan’s annual Kidney Walk and this year the goal is to raise $600,000 more. As the organization’s largest fundraising event, 90 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to the Foundation’s programs and services that prevent chronic kidney disease and improve the quality of life for the 900,000+ Michigan residents living with the disease. For the past eight years, local teenage chronic kidney disease patient Danny Zivian has made significant contributions to the Kidney Walk by raising $85,000 to date. Zivian was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease at eleven weeks old, and has become one of the Foundation’s most passionate advocates. This year he hopes to raise over $15,000 to reach his lifelong $100,000 goal. More than 6,500 walkers and supporters are anticipated to attend the Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo on Sunday, May 21.
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 3-13 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. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the Walk kicks off at 8:45 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.