Walk for Kidney Health Begins Saturday

The Kidney Foundation of Western New York is making its annual walk into a monthlong series of virtual events. The Walk for Kidney Health will include weekly physical activity challenges, share health information and promote steps toward protecting kidney health. Activities will take place all through the month of August.

 

Last summer’s event drew more than 100 runners and 200 walkers. This year’s virtual events are intended to raise awareness of kidney disease and draw together Western New York’s kidney community.

 

“We’ll miss having an in-person walk this year, but people on dialysis and kidney transplant recipients are at higher risk for infection,” said Foundation Director Jeremy Morlock. “Our virtual activities are a way to safely show support for those affected by kidney disease.”

 

“We can take steps every day to protect kidney health in our community,” said event chair Christine Stolzenburg. “People of all ages and abilities are welcome to join in our physical activity challenges, learn more about kidney health and share their virtual participation with friends and family on social media.”

 

More than 15 percent of adults have chronic kidney disease, but many do not realize it. Kidney disease may have no symptoms in its early stages, but it can be detected by medical tests. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of kidney failure in the United States.

 

There is no cost to register for the Walk for Kidney Health. Participants can choose to raise money for the foundation and its programs. Details are online at kfwny.org/walk.

 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kidney Foundation has continued to assist patients with emergency needs and provide public and professional education programs.