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Palo Alto, CA (July 11, 2013) – More than 200 HP employees participated in the National Kidney Foundation's Silicon Valley and San Francisco Kidney Walks last month, raising $73,000 and setting a new fundraising record in the fight against kidney disease.
HP CEO Meg Whitman and HP Board Member Ann Livermore led the charge as the Bay Area Corporate Walk Chairs. The HP Team was the highest performing corporate team in the nation during the 2013 Spring Kidney Walk season.
Livermore, a former HP Executive Vice President, received a life-saving kidney transplant in 2005. "This cause is personal for me, but when we look more broadly across HP we have many employees who have kidney disease or have friends or family members who have been impacted by this disease," said Livermore. "The cost of kidney disease is monumental, but most significantly is the toll it takes on American lives. I was fortunate enough to receive a kidney transplant. That is not the case for many people on the waiting list."
Independent of their team's Kidney Walk efforts, HP also contributed $10,000 as a Platinum Sponsor for both the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Kidney Walks.
"At HP we say, if you are going to do something, Make it Matter," Whitman said. "With 73 million Americans at risk for developing kidney disease, we know that supporting the National Kidney Foundation's awareness, prevention and treatment programs can indeed make it matter."
The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families and tens of millions of Americans at risk. For more information, visit www.kidney.org.