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Vice President of Public Affairs
Kidney Action Days Raise Awareness of CKD in Washington and Dallas
American Kidney Fund’s Community Events Draw Hundreds of Participants
ROCKVILLE, MD (June 25, 2014) — Last week, the American Kidney Fund (AKF) continued its Kidney Action Day series with events in Washington and Dallas, two cities with rates of kidney failure well above the national average. Featuring free kidney health screenings, fitness activities, healthy food, entertainment, and remarks from local and national elected officials, Kidney Action Days are part of AKF’s national campaign, Pair Up: Join the Fight to Prevent Kidney Disease.
Both events brought together hundreds of health advocates, patients and local residents from the two metro areas. Participants received free health screenings to check for indicators of kidney and heart health, diabetes and other important health measures. In Washington, the event also included a fundraiser, the Kidney Action Day Walk, in which 200 supporters raised close to $15,000 for the programs and services of AKF, the nation’s leading charitable provider of treatment-related financial assistance to dialysis patients. AKF’s public awareness campaigns airing in the local media in the weeks leading up to the events reached millions of individuals with messages about CKD and its leading risk factors, diabetes and hypertension.
“We were extremely pleased to host our first-ever Kidney Action Day in Dallas and our annual Kidney Action Day in metro Washington—two communities that have been hard-hit by chronic kidney disease,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of the American Kidney Fund. “By partnering with local communities, elected officials, and our dedicated sponsors and supporters, we can make a real difference in the lives of people who are at risk for CKD but who are unaware.”
It is estimated that as many as 31 million Americans are living with CKD, the nation’s ninth-leading cause of death, but most do not know it because of its silent nature. Prevention is vital to keeping at-risk individuals in good health, and early detection through testing is a key factor in slowing or stopping the progression of the disease.
The American Kidney Fund fights kidney disease through direct financial support to patients in need, and through education and prevention. In 2013, AKF provided nearly $203 million in treatment-related assistance to dialysis patients across the country, with more than $5 million to patients in the Dallas metro area and nearly $7 million to patients in the Washington metro area.
The events were made possible through the generous support of Presenting National Sponsor American Renal Associates, National Sponsor U.S. Renal Care, Regional Sponsor Rite Aid, and other friends in the communities AKF serves.
Upcoming Kidney Action Days include Augusta, Ga. on July 12; Atlanta on Sept. 23; and Houston on Oct. 5. Earlier this year, AKF held Kidney Action Days in Philadelphia and Memphis and on Capitol Hill. For more information about Kidney Action Day, please visit www.kidneyfund.org/kidney-action-day/.
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About the American Kidney Fund
The American Kidney Fund fights kidney disease through direct financial support to patients in need, health education and prevention efforts. It leads the nation in charitable assistance to dialysis patients. Last year, more than 87,000 people—1 out of every 5 U.S. dialysis patients—received assistance from the American Kidney Fund for health insurance premiums and other treatment-related expenses. The American Kidney Fund reaches millions of people annually through its national campaign, Pair Up: Join the Fight to Prevent Kidney Disease; free kidney health screenings; health education materials and courses; online outreach, and a toll-free health information HelpLine (866-300-2900). For more information, visit www.kidneyfund.org.