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NKF-MD to Hold Second Annual Western Maryland Kidney Walk/Run

NKF-MD to Hold Second Annual Western Maryland Kidney Walk/Run

Frederick, MD: The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) will hold its second annual Western Maryland Kidney Walk/Run, Sunday, May 16, at Rose Hill Manor Park & Children's Museum
(118 N. Market St.) in Frederick.
Approximately 250 people are expected to participate in the fun, inspiring, community fundraiser, which calls attention to the prevention of kidney disease and the need for organ donation. The event also provides an opportunity for patients, family, friends and businesses to come together to support the millions of Americans with chronic kidney disease.
Registration begins at noon and the 5K walk/run starts at 1pm, following warm-up exercises and remarks by NBC 25 News Reporter Jacqueline Waite. Participants can walk, run and wheel their way to the finish line in hopes of spreading the word about kidney disease, risk factors and the importance of early detection. The Frederick County Steeplechasers will monitor the route and Keyote, the Frederick Keys mascot, will cheer on participants.
"A short walk may help someone take a lifesaving step. Anyone with high blood pressure, diabetes or a family history of kidney disease is at risk," said Carolyn Smith-Kennedy, the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland's Director of Services for Western Maryland and the West Virginia panhandle.
One in nine Marylanders currently has kidney disease and thousands remain at risk. Ten to twelve Marylanders die daily awaiting a life-saving organ and approximately 1,315 Marylanders are waiting for a kidney transplant. In West Virginia, 1,790 residents are on dialysis and 178 await a kidney transplant.
"By teaming up for Kidney Walk, we hope those at risk will hear the message and get their kidneys checked out," Smith-Kennedy added.
The event also will feature refreshments, live music, face painting and additional entertainment. What's more, the children's museum and outside historical displays at Rose Hill will be open to guests.
Kidney Walk event co-chair is Carole Elliott, a social worker at DaVita Frederick Dialysis Center. Corporate chair is Greg Banasz, manager of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney's Frederick office. Honorary co-chair is Carl Harbaugh, former Sheriff Frederick County who had a kidney transplant in 2008.
There is no registration fee for Kidney Walk, but $100 is the minimum required amount to receive a Walk t-shirt. Sponsorships also are available. For pre-registration, or information about walk sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, call 410-533-3075 or visit
Overall, NKF-MD will hold a total of five Kidney Walks, which are locally presented by the Charles T. Bauer Foundation. Additional sponsors include Amgen, Genentech, American Access Care and Brown Advisory. Combined, NKF-MD hopes to attract 1,600 people and raise $200,000 for patient services, education and research.
The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, serving central and western Maryland, the Delmarva Peninsula and portions of West Virginia, is the area's only voluntary health agency dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of kidney and urinary tract diseases.

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