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The National Kidney Foundation's 6th Annual Kidney Walk to Be Held on Saturday, October 13
Date:10/10/2007

Walk Aims to Increase Awareness of Kidney Disease and Organ Transplantation

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area (NKF/NCA) will host its 6th Annual Kidney Walk on Saturday, October 13, 2007. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the Walk begins at 9:00 a.m. The 5K or 1K walk along the scenic C&O Canal in Georgetown will begin and end at the Shops at Georgetown Park located at 3222 M Street NW in Washington, DC.

The Walk is expected to raise more than $150,000 to fight kidney disease locally. The Washington, DC area leads the nation in the prevalence of kidney disease with more than 375,000 people affected. More than 4,800 area residents are currently on dialysis and approximately 1,700 are waiting for kidney transplants. The National Kidney Foundation is working to combat this problem with their Knock Out Kidney Disease (KOKD) program, in which over 1,100 Washington area residents were screened between October 2006 and July 2007.

According to NKF/NCA President & CEO Preston A. Englert, Jr., CAE, "In addition to raising funds to support our vital programs, the Kidney Walk offers an excellent opportunity to raise public awareness about the kidney disease pandemic in our community. Educating primary care physicians and the general public about kidney disease and its leading causes, diabetes and hypertension, are important elements of the Knock Out Kidney Disease program. Equally important is educating about the dire need for more organ donors in this country. Seventeen people die every day on the waiting list."

The Kidney Walk offers a family friendly environment with a Kids Corner, a wellness area and various pre- and post-walk activities. Testimonies will be given by variety of people who have been affected by kidney disease and organ transplantation including:

-- Hermoine Hamlin, whose mother was diagnosed with Chronic

Kidney Disease in 2004. Hermoine was not a match, so she

decided to do a "Kidney Swap," that is to anonymously

donate her kidney in order to place her mother Jackie at

the top of the organ donation list.

-- Jordan Gray, who at just 20 years old, is dedicated to

increasing awareness of kidney disease and organ

transplantation. Jordan's mother Vivianne Pommier had a

kidney transplant and Jordan uses their experience as he

works to educate others, including students at Georgetown

University where he is currently enrolled.

-- Quandra Lee, a two-time kidney transplant recipient was

diagnosed with kidney failure at age 17. Quandra spent time

on dialysis and received her first transplant from her

mother, Gillian Bates, when she was 19. After 10 years, her body

rejected the kidney and she received another kidney, donated by

her brother-in-law Tony in February 2002.

Walkers can register online by visiting the National Kidney Foundation's website, http://www.kidneywdc.org. In addition to the registration capabilities, walkers can use the online tools to build their own fundraising web pages quickly and easily. Every walker who raises $100 or more will receive a Kidney Walk t-shirt and other prizes will be available for top fundraisers.

The Ronald D. Paul Companies, Inc. has generously offered to match funds raised up to $50,000 by individual walkers, walk teams and corporate sponsors. Other sponsors include Davita, Hunton & Williams, Georgetown University, Washington Hospital Center, Pacers Running Stores, Kidney Kids, SportsTalk 980, Chipotle, and Porter's Dining Saloon.

For more information on the 6th Annual Kidney Walk please visit http://www.kidneywdc.org or contact Tyler Bowers at tbowers@kidneywdc.org or 202-244-7900 Ext. 18.

The mission of the National Kidney Foundation is to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.


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