October 7, 2009

Contact: Michele Anthony or Paul McGinley
(202) 244-7900, Ext. 29 or 15

The National Kidney Foundation's Kidney Walk Breaks All Records – Dollars Raised, Individuals, and Teams Participating

WASHINGTON, DC – Hundreds of people filled the Shops at Georgetown Park and the C&O Canal on Saturday October 3 to literally take steps to raise awareness and fight kidney disease at the Ronald D. Paul Companies Kidney Walk hosted by the National Kidney Foundation Serving the National Capital Area.

To date, the 5K Kidney Walk has raised a record $180,000 to fight kidney disease in the Washington, DC area. New records were set this year with more than 800 walkers, 70 teams, and eight dialysis units participating. Top fundraising honors go to:
Team                                                    Team Captain                           Amount raised to date
Kidney Kickers                                    Vivianne Pommier                                 $7,707
Paula’s Nephritis is Nephwrongis          Paula Wagner                                       $7,145
Soaring Eagles of EagleBank                 Josefina Alvarez                                    $6,074
Woodstock Warriors                            Allison Pohlit                                        $5,500
Georgetown Family                              Tasha Graham                                      $4,444

The Washington, DC area leads the nation in the prevalence of kidney disease with more than 700,000 people affected, nearly 6,000 patients on dialysis, and more than 1,600 waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant. Funds raised will help support the National Kidney Foundation's local programs in research, early detection screenings, patient services, public and physician education, and organ donation awareness.

NKF Division President Preston A. Englert Jr., CAE, addressed the enthusiastic crowd and announced that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the NKF bringing early detection screenings into the community. "To date we have screened over 19,000 DC area residents for kidney disease and its leading causes, diabetes and hypertension. We believe one of the key elements to fighting kidney disease is to prevent kidney disease."

The Kidney Walk offered a family friendly environment with a Kids Corner, a wellness area, and various pre and post-Walk activities. Many of the individuals who participated in the Walk have been personally affected by kidney disease and included dialysis patients, transplant recipients, living donors, donor families, and the medical community.

The number of corporate teams has continued to increase, as they participate to support a staff member who has a personal connection to the cause, including KPMG, Hunton & Williams, and the Ronald D. Paul Companies, the title sponsor of the Walk. Over 19 years ago, the company's president Ron Paul received a life-saving kidney transplant from his brother Steve Paul and in January of this year he received another transplant with a kidney donated by his CFO, Kathy McCallum.

According to Paul, "I wanted to have an event where all people—young and old—can participate and show their support for the National Kidney Foundation. In the faces of all the participants, you can see the great strides NKF has made in the fight against kidney disease."

Additional Walk sponsors included Amgen, Xerox, Kidney Kids, Sam's Club, Ameriprise Financial, Alcavis HDC, The Wizards, DC United, Washington Sports Club, Whole Foods, Giant, Einstein Bagels, Colonial Parking, The Hattery, and The Shops at Georgetown Park

The mission of the National Kidney Foundation is to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.