FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2011
Hyattsville, MD -- On Sunday, May 1, hundreds of patients, families, friends and businesses participated in the 3rd Annual Ronald D. Paul Companies Prince George's Kidney Walk at the Mall at Prince Georges hosted by the National Kidney Foundation Serving the National Capital Area (NKF/NCA). The Kidney Walk is a fun, inspiring community fundraiser that calls attention to the need for early detection and organ donation. When all the pledges and sponsorship dollars were tallied, the Walk raised more than $55,000 to fight kidney disease locally.
The DC metropolitan 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 1,500 individuals waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant. Of the 6,000 local dialysis patients, one-third are treated in Prince George's County. Since 2005, the number of dialysis patients in Prince George's County has increased by 37 %.
Sam Ford, reporter for ABC7/WJLA-TV, served as the emcee and introduced special guests who shared their personal connection to the cause. The Walk Chairman, Glenn Ivey, partner at Venable LLP and former State's Attoney for Prince George's County, survived kidney cancer and credits his good health to getting a regular check-up that found the cancer in an early stage so that it could be treated. "To all the men out there, don't let being macho or feeling that you're invincible prevent you from knowing more about your health," said Ivey. "Go to the doctor or go to a free screening and get tested."
Congresswoman Donna Edwards' late father suffered from kidney disease for 20 years without getting a transplant. "No family should have to endure what we did with this illness and the loss," said Congresswoman Edwards.
Washington Redskins wide receiver Anthony Armstrong was the Honorary Chair and lost his father to kidney failure at the age of six. "I don't want anyone else to have to lose someone they love from kidney disease, especially when it can be treated and even prevented," said Armstrong. "It is so important for people to get their kidneys checked out. After all, the best defense against kidney disease is early detection."
The Kidney Walk's title sponsor was the Ronald D. Paul Companies Inc., whose president Ron Paul has been involved with the National Kidney Foundation for more than two decades. In 1990 he received a life-saving kidney transplant from his brother Steve Paul and in January 2009 he received another transplant with a kidney donated by his Chief Financial Officer, Kathy McCallum.
Proceeds from the Kidney Walk support medical research, early detection screenings, patient and community services, professional education, and organ donation awareness. Major event sponsors included: Capitol Cadillac Fisker, Capitol Buick GMC, Bert Smith & Co., Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on the Potomac, Vascular Access Centers, Maryland Lottery, The Mall at Prince Georges and the Redskins Charity Challenge. Media sponsors included The Washington Informer, ESPN 980, SportsTalk 570, WJLA TV/ABC7, WHUR 96.3 FM, and WPGC 95.5 FM.
Fundraising for the Kidney Walk continues until June 1. The next Kidney Walk will be on October 15, 2011 at the Georgetown Waterfront in Washington, DC. Visit www.kidneywalk.org or call (202) 244-7900.
The National Kidney Foundation, Inc. is the major voluntary health organization dedicated to preventing kidney disease, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease, and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.