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DaVita Launches Nationwide Series of Kidney Awareness Run/Walks
Date:9/11/2009

DENVER, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA), a leading provider of kidney care services for those diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), kicks off the DaVita Kidney Awareness Run/Walks(TM) - a 10-city series of 5K events raising funds and awareness of CKD across the nation -- on Sept. 13 at Stapleton Central Park in Denver.

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The Run/Walks will take place in Denver, Chicago, Cleveland, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Sacramento, Long Beach, Ft. Worth, Virginia Beach and Washington D.C.

A silent epidemic, CKD affects one in nine Americans, totaling around 26 million adults, with 90 percent unaware they are suffering from it. The chance that an American adult has CKD is almost as high as an American woman's risk of getting breast cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognize CKD as a major public health problem that reduces the quality and length of life. Beyond raising awareness around CKD, the free kidney screening and other services offered during the events aim to delay or prevent people from experiencing kidney failure and having to undergo dialysis.

"The statistics are staggering. As a team moving towards a common goal, we can get the word out about the importance of getting tested right now," said Barbara Lawson, President and CEO of The Kidney TRUST(TM), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to prevent kidney disease through public education and awareness across the United States. All funds raised from this year's events will benefit The Kidney TRUST.

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