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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. He
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