ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) of Michigan invites the public to the Ann Arbor/Brighton Kidney Walk, starting at 1 p.m. September 9 at Concordia University in Ann Arbor. Registration is at noon.
Walkers of all ages are invited to participate by walking individually or forming a team with family, friends and co-workers.
The day will include food and refreshments, live entertainment, a photo station, incentive prizes for those raising funds and kids' activities, including face painting and balloon sculptures.
Walkers will have a choice of a one-mile route and a one-and-a-half-mile route. Both will offer refreshments and entertainment along the way.
More than 900,000 Michigan residents are currently living with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and most don't even know it.
Funds from the Ann Arbor/Brighton Kidney Walk go to the NKFM's Peer Mentoring Program. Peer mentors empower new patients to move forward with their lives after being diagnosed with kidney disease or kidney failure.
"The Peer Mentoring program gives new kidney patients the opportunity to connect with their peers who have gone through similar experiences," said NKFM President and CEO Daniel Carney in a news release.
"Peer Mentors help new patients understand that life does not end with kidney disease. In addition to patient services, the Kidney Walk will draw attention to the importance of preventing kidney disease and its two leading causes, diabetes and high blood pressure."
For more information about the Ann Arbor/Brighton Kidney Walk or to register, visit online or call the NKF of Michigan at 800-482-1455. On-site registration will also be accepted.
The mission of the NKF of Michigan is to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it.