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Third Annual DaVita Kidney Disease Awareness Walks to Hit 20 Cities in 2008
Date:6/26/2008

DaVita Expects 13,000 Walkers Across the U.S. Will Raise $1.5 Million to

Help Fight Chronic Kidney Disease

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- DaVita Inc., a leading provider of kidney care services for those diagnosed with chronic kidney disease and failure (CKD), today announced that its third annual "Kidney Awareness Time(TM)" Walk-a-thon (KAT Walks(TM)) will kick-off June 29, 2008 in Virginia Beach, Va. DaVita KAT Walks Across America(TM) are a series of 5k walks that seek to raise awareness about the 26 million American adults affected by CKD and encourage at-risk people to get tested.

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DaVita(R) expects about 13,000 walkers in 20 cities across the U.S. to participate in this year's event, raising an estimated $1.5 million to help fight CKD. Each 5k walk represents about 16,900 steps; when all of the walks are completed, the total distance traveled will be about 337,900 steps -- roughly equivalent to the number of Americans receiving dialysis treatment today. Proceeds from KAT Walks Across America will benefit The Kidney TRUST(TM), an independent public charity founded by DaVita Inc. to increase awareness about kidney disease through public education and testing programs so that the progression of CKD to kidney failure can be delayed or prevented.

"Twenty-six million American adults have chronic kidney disease and 90 percent of them don't even know it because early-stage CKD rarely has symptoms," said Stephen Cadby, event director of the KAT Walks. "That's why we walk -- to let people know of the importance of getting tested now, rather than discover they have the disease when they need dialysis or a transplant."

The KAT Walks tour includes stops in Boston, Detroit and Los Angeles, and concludes in Orlando on Dec. 7. Open to the public, each walk
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