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Western Maryland Walk to Raise Awareness & Prevent Kidney Disease

Western Maryland Walk to Raise Awareness & Prevent Kidney Disease

Frederick, MD (March 4, 2009): One in 9 adults in the region is living with kidney disease and many don't even know it.
To raise public awareness of the importance of early detection, especially for those people considered at risk, the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland is asking you to join in and help spread the word. If you can walk, run or ride in your wheelchair you can take part in a unique community event - the 1st Annual Western Maryland Kidney Walk/Fun Run at the Rose Hill Manor Park in Frederick on Sunday, May 17 at 1 pm (registration starts at noon) and features a 5 K (3 mile) route through the park.
"Twenty-six million Americans have kidney disease, and hundreds of them live right here in Frederick County and throughout the region," says Carl Harbaugh, Honorary Volunteer chairperson. Harbaugh, former Maryland State police officer and former Sheriff of Frederick County knows what he is talking about. He developed chronic kidney disease several years ago and was on dialysis at the Frederick DaVita dialysis center.
In June 2008, Harbaugh received a new kidney donated by a young woman he never met. He is doing well and relieved to be off dialysis. "The Kidney Walk will draw attention to the importance of early detection for those at risk, and also raise funds to support programs for kidney patients and their families." says Harbaugh.
Participants of all ages are invited to join in the fun by walking or by forming a team. Runners will also enjoy a pleasant fun run around the route organized by the Frederick County Steeplechasers (the local running club). Entertainment will be provided throughout the afternoon by Absolute Entertainment DJ's out of Washington, DC. Keyote, the Frederick Keys mascot will be on hand to delight children and adults and refreshments will be available. Door prizes and other giveaways will be offered at the closing ceremony.
The Kidney Walk is sponsored by the Charles T. Bauer Foundation. Local sponsors include the Frederick Keys baseball team, the Gazette newspapers, Mariachi Restaurant, Key 103, Comcast, NBC 25, Frederick Magazine and 106.9 The Eagle. For more information, sponsor forms, or to register, call the NKF of Maryland - Western Maryland at 1-410-533-3075 or sign up online at On-site registration will also be accepted.

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