Fighting Kidney Disease in Greater Memphis: American Kidney Fund Brings ‘Kidney Action Day’ Downtown October 13

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Family-friendly event will raise awareness of kidney disease in Greater Memphis

ROCKVILLE, Md. (October 12, 2018)–The American Kidney Fund will host Kidney Action Day® in downtown Memphis on Saturday, Oct. 13 from noon-5 p.m. at Handy Park on Beale Street. Kidney Action Day is a free, fun-filled, family-friendly event focused on the prevention and early detection of chronic kidney disease (CKD).

The event will feature free blood pressure, glucose and kidney function screenings, along with kidney health education, fun fitness activities including Zumba, cardio circuit and hip-hop cardio, and children’s activities including face painting and a balloon artist. Chef Christopher Beavers will provide cooking tips and show attendees how to make simple, healthful foods that taste great, and professional Elvis impersonator Brian Lee Howell will entertain the crowd.

More than 30 million Americans are living with chronic kidney disease (CKD), the nation’s ninth-leading cause of death, but the vast majority of them are unaware of it. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of kidney disease, and learning to control these underlying conditions is key to preventing kidney disease or keeping it from getting worse. African-Americans, Asian-Americans and people of Hispanic ethnicity—who, combined, make up nearly 72 percent of the city’s population—are at increased risk for kidney disease and kidney failure. Left undiagnosed and untreated, CKD can lead to heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure and death.

“Kidney disease is a serious health concern, particularly in Memphis,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and CEO of the American Kidney Fund. “AKF is making health care possible for more than 600 low-income Memphis-area kidney failure patients who receive our grant assistance for health insurance premiums, and through Kidney Action Day, we want to help other local residents protect their health so they never have to experience kidney failure. Together, we can make a difference in fighting kidney disease in Greater Memphis.”

Kidney disease is known as a silent killer because it typically has no symptoms until the kidneys begin to fail, but it is often preventable. Early CKD can be detected through testing, and it can often be slowed or stopped so that it does not progress to kidney failure.  More than 2,600 new cases of kidney failure are diagnosed in Tennessee each year, and many times that number are living with kidney disease or at risk for it.

Kidney Action Day is part of AKF’s nationwide education and prevention effort through its Know Your Kidneys™ program, which targets communities at high risk for kidney disease. Last year, AKF provided free health screenings to more than 12,000 people in 25 cities.

Kidney Action Day is made possible through the generous support of National Presenting Sponsors American Renal Associates and U.S. Renal Care; National Screening Partner Any Lab Test Now; and Regional Sponsors Akebia Therapeutics and Satellite Healthcare. 

For more information on Memphis Kidney Action Day, visit KidneyActionDay.org/memphis.

About the American Kidney Fund

As the nation’s leading independent nonprofit working on behalf of the 30 million Americans with kidney disease, 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. AKF provides a complete spectrum of programs and services: prevention outreach, top-rated health educational resources, and direct financial assistance enabling 1 in 5 U.S. dialysis patients to access lifesaving medical care, including dialysis and transplantation. AKF holds the highest ratings from the nation’s charity watchdog groups, including Charity Navigator, which includes AKF on its “top 10” list of nonprofits with the longest track records of outstanding stewardship of the donated dollar, and GuideStar, which has awarded AKF its Platinum Seal of Transparency.

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