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Tenee Hawkins 
Senior Director of Communications and Marketing 

For Immediate Release

Hundreds of D.C. Area Residents Paired Up With the American Kidney Fund, Congressional Leaders and Health Advocates to Fight Kidney Disease On Kidney Action Day 

Free Health Screening Event and Walkathon on September 8 Generated Awareness About Kidney Disease in D.C. Area Where Rates are Double the National Average

WASHINGTON, DC (September 11, 2012) — Hundreds of metro Washington, D.C. residents joined the American Kidney Fund’s (AKF) Kidney Action Day and Walkathon on Saturday, September 8th to raise awareness about kidney disease. The free event, which was held at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, MD, included a fundraising walkathon, remarks from Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD), health screenings, entertainment and food demonstrations. More than 500 local health advocates, patients and members of the community participated in the event designed to raise awareness of kidney disease in the Washington, D.C. region, which has kidney disease rates that are twice the national average.

Led by emcee Olivia Fox, radio personality and recent transplant recipient, Kidney Action Day 2012 raised awareness and funds to support the many programs and services of AKF that provide critical resources to help both at-risk individuals and those living with this chronic condition. Additionally, hundreds of local residents received free health screenings that checked for indicators of kidney and heart health, diabetes and other important health measures.

“We had a very strong  turnout this year for Kidney Action Day, with more than 500 community residents participating in the activities throughout the day, and half of those individuals received a free health screening to learn if they are at risk of kidney disease, ” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of the American Kidney Fund. “This is an event we look forward to every year as we are able to generate greatly needed awareness of kidney disease, while at the same time raising funds to support the American Kidney Fund’s programs and services.”

The American Kidney Fund is dedicated to fighting kidney disease through direct financial support to patients in need, education and prevention efforts. In 2011, AKF provided nearly $190 million in treatment-related assistance to dialysis patients across the country and more than $15 million to patients in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia. The organization also conducted 22,000 free health screenings to at-risk individuals in the United States, with more than 3,500 screenings administered locally.

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About the American Kidney Fund

The mission of the American Kidney Fund is to fight kidney disease through direct financial support to patients in need; health education; and prevention efforts. The American Kidney Fund leads the nation in providing charitable assistance to dialysis patients who need help with the costs associated with treating kidney failure. Last year, nearly 90,000 people—almost 1 out of every 4 dialysis patients in the United States—received assistance from the American Kidney Fund for health insurance premiums and other treatment-related expenses. Millions of people nationwide benefit annually from the American Kidney Fund’s efforts to fight kidney disease through health education and prevention efforts. The American Kidney Fund’s national campaign, Pair Up: Join the Fight to Prevent Kidney Disease, empowers women to protect themselves—and the people they love—from kidney disease. The American Kidney Fund offers free kidney health screenings in communities nationwide, as well as extensive online health education materials and courses and a toll-free health information HelpLine (866.300.2900).

As a 10-time recipient of the top “Four Star” rating from Charity Navigator, the American Kidney Fund is ranked among the top 1 percent of charities nationwide for fiscal accountability. In addition, the American Kidney Fund holds an A+ rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy; adheres to the National Health Council Standards of Excellence; and is a member of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance. For more information, visit


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