Salisbury Kidney Walk Returning to WinterPlace Park, May 6
Family-friendly event supports NKF’s local programs and services
The National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware will hold its 11th annual Salisbury Kidney Walk,
Sunday, May 6, at WinterPlace Park (6737 Blue Ribbon Road, 21804).
More than 500 people are expected to step up to raise awareness of kidney
disease, organ donation and the importance of early screening and healthy lifestyle for those at risk. As the 9th leading cause of death in the United States, kidney disease affects 9,300 Marylanders. With the increase in diabetes and high blood pressure, the numbers continue to climb.
“Participating in Kidney Walk can help save lives,” said Returning Event Chair Stephanie Elliott, MS, BSN, CNN
(renal services program manager with Peninsula Regional Medical Center). “NKF reminds walkers that it only takes two simple tests at your primary care doctor’s office to check for any red flags. That’s important, because kidneys are essential to keeping us alive and healthy.”
Event check in begins at 9 a.m. Following warm-up exercises and announcements by WMDT-TV Meteorologist Daniel Johnson, the Walk will kick off at 10 a.m. following ribbon cutting by Walk Ambassadors: Meghan, Wes and Charlotte Rice of Princess Anne. An infant, Charlotte was born with no kidneys and has been on dialysis since was one-week-old. She is awaiting a kidney transplant.
Participants can choose from a 3-mile route or shorter path for strollers and wheelchairs. Adding to the fun, everyone can enjoy refreshments from Panera Bread, Giant and Starbucks, music by Moonbeam Entertainment and the Home Depot Kidney Kids Corner with face painting and games.
Funds raised through Kidney Walk will directly support NKF’s local patient services, education and research efforts.
Participation is free, but donations are encouraged. Everyone who raises a minimum of $100 will receive a
commemorative Walk t-shirt. Additional recognition gifts – including jackets – will be awarded for meeting various fundraising levels.
For online registration, visit www.kidneywalk.org. To learn about sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, call 410.726.8732 to speak with Nicole Scharf, NKF’s associate executive director for the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Southern Delaware.
To date, top sponsors of the Salisbury Kidney Walk include Christiana Care Health System, Walgreens,
Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Peninsula Nephrology Associates, Farmers Bank of Willards and Delmarva Kidney and Hypertension Specialists.
NKF will hold two additional events: the Southern Delaware Kidney Walk, Apr. 29, at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes and the Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk, May 6 at The Weinberg Y in Waverly. More than 6,000 people participated in the 2017 Maryland and Delaware Kidney Walk events, which raised $300,000.
Overall, Kidney Walk is the nation’s largest fundraiser to fight kidney disease. Held in nearly 100 communities, 85,000+ walkers raise more than $9 million to help kidney patients and their families each year, with more than 80 cents of every dollar raised directly supporting NKF programs and services. Azura Vascular Care and Relypsa are national multi-market sponsors and Fresenius Medical Care North America is a national sponsor.
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information, visit www.kidney.org.
CliCK HERE FOR PHOTOS FROM LAST YEAR’S WALK.