Buffalo and WNY mark World Kidney Day

The Kidney Foundation of Western New York and Mayor Byron W. Brown are teaming up to provide kidney health information and blood pressure screenings to city employees and visitors at Buffalo City Hall on World Kidney Day, Thursday, March 12, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 


One in seven American adults has chronic kidney disease, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control. Many people with chronic kidney disease don’t realize that they have a health problem. There may be no signs or symptoms in the early stages.


The theme for National Kidney Month 2020 is “Take the pressure off,” calling attention to the link between high blood pressure and kidney disease. High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure, coming after diabetes. Other risk factors for kidney disease include heart disease, obesity, lupus, and family history of kidney disease. By getting treatment early, people with kidney disease may be able to prevent or delay additional health problems.


Buffalo City Hall and other area landmarks will be illuminated blue and yellow to raise awareness of kidney health on Thursday, March 12. Niagara Falls will be illuminated the evening of Friday, March 13. The foundation thanked Mayor Byron W. Brown, the Buffalo Landmark Illumination Team (BuffaloLIT), and the Niagara Falls Illumination Board for raising awareness around kidney health.


More information about kidney health and upcoming screenings is available from the Kidney Foundation at kfwny.com. The local nonprofit also offers resources for people with kidney disease, including peer support groups.