American Kidney Fund Raises Awareness for Kidney Disease at Kidney Action Day Houston

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HOUSTON (October 5, 2015) – The American Kidney Fund (AKF) hosted its annual Kidney Action Day® at Discovery Green in Houston on Sunday, October 4, providing free kidney health screenings, fitness activities, entertainment and healthy food samples.  More than 350 Houstonians received free kidney health screenings, and another 150 participated in the Kidney Action Day Walk in memory of AKF patient-advocate NeShell Monroe, who battled kidney disease for most of her life and passed away on April 12, 2015.

Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) rallied the crowd prior to the walk, urging attendees to get screened, and also presented a Certificate of Congressional Recognition to Mrs. Jeannette Monroe, NeShell’s mother, to mark the event. 

“Never give up,” Rep. Jackson Lee told the crowd, “and never give in to this disease.” Rep. Jackson Lee led the Kidney Action Day Walk, along with Mrs. Monroe and LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of the American Kidney Fund.

The event drew hundreds of local health advocates, patients and members of the community to raise awareness for kidney disease. The funds raised by Kidney Action Day Walk participants, members of AKF’s KIDNEYNATIONTM community of nationwide fundraisers, support the many programs and services of AKF that provide critical resources to help patients living with kidney failure as well as those at risk for chronic kidney disease (CKD).

It is estimated that as many as 31 million people in the United States are living with CKD, the nation’s ninth-leading cause of death. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of CKD, but there are other major risk factors, such as having heart disease, being over 60, and being African American, Asian American, Native American or of Hispanic ethnicity. Left undiagnosed and untreated, CKD can lead to heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure and death.

“Kidney disease is a serious health issue in Houston and throughout the State of Texas,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of the American Kidney Fund. “Education and awareness are vital first steps in fighting this devastating disease. We were thrilled that so many people joined us at Kidney Action Day to get tested, and to honor the life of one of our most passionate advocates, NeShell Monroe.”

CKD, known as a silent killer because it typically has no symptoms until the late stages, is an often-preventable health condition. If an individual has developed early CKD, detection through screenings is a key factor in slowing or stopping its progression.

Kidney Action Day in Houston is made possible through the generous support of Presenting National Sponsor American Renal Associates, National Sponsor U.S. Renal Care, Inc., and additional major support by Akebia Therapeutics and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, along with support from other friends in the communities that AKF serves.


Earlier this year, AKF held Kidney Action Days in Philadelphia, Chicago and Boston, among others. AKF’s final Kidney Action Day of this year will be held in Dallas on Oct. 17 at the Southwest Center Mall.

For more information on Kidney Action Day, visit www.KidneyActionDay.org. For more information on the American Kidney Fund, visit www.KidneyFund.org. For more information about KIDNEYNATION, visit www.KIDNEYNATION.org.

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American Kidney Fund Raises Awareness for Kidney Disease at Kidney Action Day Houston

HOUSTON (October 5, 2015) – The American Kidney Fund (AKF) hosted its annual Kidney Action Day® at Discovery Green in Houston on Sunday, October 4, providing free kidney health screenings, fitness activities, entertainment and healthy food samples.  More than 350 Houstonians received free kidney health screenings, and another 150 participated in the Kidney Action Day Walk in memory of AKF patient-advocate NeShell Monroe, who battled kidney disease for most of her life and passed away on April 12, 2015.

Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) rallied the crowd prior to the walk, urging attendees to get screened, and also presented a Certificate of Congressional Recognition to Mrs. Jeannette Monroe, NeShell’s mother, to mark the event. 

“Never give up,” Rep. Jackson Lee told the crowd, “and never give in to this disease.” Rep. Jackson Lee led the Kidney Action Day Walk, along with Mrs. Monroe and LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of the American Kidney Fund.

The event drew hundreds of local health advocates, patients and members of the community to raise awareness for kidney disease. The funds raised by Kidney Action Day Walk participants, members of AKF’s KIDNEYNATIONTM community of nationwide fundraisers, support the many programs and services of AKF that provide critical resources to help patients living with kidney failure as well as those at risk for chronic kidney disease (CKD).

It is estimated that as many as 31 million people in the United States are living with CKD, the nation’s ninth-leading cause of death. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of CKD, but there are other major risk factors, such as having heart disease, being over 60, and being African American, Asian American, Native American or of Hispanic ethnicity. Left undiagnosed and untreated, CKD can lead to heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure and death.

“Kidney disease is a serious health issue in Houston and throughout the State of Texas,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of the American Kidney Fund. “Education and awareness are vital first steps in fighting this devastating disease. We were thrilled that so many people joined us at Kidney Action Day to get tested, and to honor the life of one of our most passionate advocates, NeShell Monroe.”

CKD, known as a silent killer because it typically has no symptoms until the late stages, is an often-preventable health condition. If an individual has developed early CKD, detection through screenings is a key factor in slowing or stopping its progression.

Kidney Action Day in Houston is made possible through the generous support of Presenting National Sponsor American Renal Associates, National Sponsor U.S. Renal Care, Inc., and additional major support by Akebia Therapeutics and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, along with support from other friends in the communities that AKF serves.


Earlier this year, AKF held Kidney Action Days in Philadelphia, Chicago and Boston, among others. AKF’s final Kidney Action Day of this year will be held in Dallas on Oct. 17 at the Southwest Center Mall.

For more information on Kidney Action Day, visit www.KidneyActionDay.org. For more information on the American Kidney Fund, visit www.KidneyFund.org. For more information about KIDNEYNATION, visit www.KIDNEYNATION.org.

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About the American Kidney Fund

The American Kidney Fund is dedicated to ensuring that every kidney patient has access to health care, and that every person at risk for kidney disease is empowered to prevent it. As the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization serving people with chronic kidney disease, AKF has helped more than 1 million low-income dialysis patients to access lifesaving medical care since the organization’s founding in 1971. Last year, AKF helped 1 in 5 of the nation’s dialysis patients pay for their treatment-related expenses, providing grants to more than 84,000 people in all 50 states.  Thirty-one million Americans are living with kidney disease, and 1 in 3 are at risk. To address this enormous public health threat, AKF provides many vital programs and services, including public and professional health education materials and courses, the Kidney Action Day® community outreach program, a nationwide Advocacy Network, and a toll-free health information HelpLine (866.300.2900).  AKF depends on the generosity of the American public to carry out its mission. Spending 97 cents of every donated dollar on programs and services, AKF consistently receives the highest ratings from the nation’s charity watchdog groups. For more information, please visit KidneyFund.org, or connect with AKF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram