Special Event for a good cause

Families Step Up To Fight Kidney Disease and Celebrate Lives

At Annual Kidney Walk


Nation’s second largest Kidney Walk to take place at The Detroit Zoo May 17


ANN ARBOR, MICH.–(April 27, 2015)— The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is asking the community to step up and join the more than 7,500 walkers and supporters at their annual walk to fight kidney disease on Sunday, May 17 at The Detroit Zoo. This year the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan will transform an area of the Zoo’s picnic grove into an energetic atmosphere for kidney patients, living donors, and transplant patients as a way to celebrate their lives and make them feel special. Unlike a traditional charity walk, the Kidney Walk goes the extra mile to support those fighting kidney disease with a day full of celebration including free haircuts, massages, special food (appropriate for those fighting the disease) and giveaways. All walk participants will experience music, contests, games like Giant Jenga, face painting, noodle art, visit with Paws, the official Detroit Tigers’ mascot, and sample food and refreshments donated by area businesses. Admission that day to The Detroit Zoo will be free to all Kidney Walk registrants.


“We’re asking the community to step up and fight kidney disease this year by helping us reach our financial goal of $600,000,” said National Kidney Foundation of Michigan President and CEO, Daniel Carney. “In return we are creating a fun-filled atmosphere to celebrate lives and raise money to fight the disease, all while enjoying a day at the Zoo with friends and family. We encourage everyone in the community to join us.”


The Kidney Walk will draw attention to the importance of early detection and kidney disease prevention, while raising funds in support of kidney patients and their families.


Key statistics:

  • 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 programs to fight kidney disease in Michigan
  • The mission of the National kidney Foundation of Michigan is to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with the disease.

Nancy Schlichting, CEO of Henry Ford Health System, and Chris Villavarayan, President – Americas, Meritor Inc., will serve as the Honorary Co-Chairs of the 2015 Kidney Walk. The Walk is sponsored by Meritor, Henry Ford Health System, Health Alliance Plan, Meijer, Greenfield Health Systems, Walgreens, 98.7 AMP Radio,WOMC-FM, and many other local businesses.


Participants can register onsite on the day of the walk or online before the walk date.  Registration includes parking, zoo admission, and activities and is $20 per person (over the age of 12) and $10 per child for ages 2-12. 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 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 NKFM at 800-482-1455, ext. 210. 


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