September 30, 2008

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The National Kidney Foundation's 7th Annual Ronald D. Paul Kidney Walk Raises Funds and Awareness for Kidney Disease in the Nation's Capital

Supporters Gather for a Great Cause in Georgetown and Silver Spring

WASHINGTON, DC – Approximately 600 supporters joined the NKF Serving the National Capital Area (NKF/NCA) on Saturday, September 20th for the 7th Annual Ronald D. Paul Companies Kidney Walk. For the first time ever the walk was held on the same day in two locations – The Shops at Georgetown Park and the C&O Canal and Downtown Silver Spring. The walk raised more than $160,000 while generating awareness about chronic kidney disease and organ transplantation.

“This event has grown tremendously since beginning with approximately 100 people six years ago,” said Preston A. Englert Jr., CAE, President and CEO of the NKF Serving the National Capital Area. “One of our goals is to raise awareness about kidney disease and to educate people in our community. The Kidney Walk has been a great opportunity to help us do that.”

Many of the walk participants were kidney disease patients, individuals on dialysis or those who have received transplants. The crowd also consisted of living donors and donor families in addition to other supporters of the NKF/NCA. Testimonies were given by a variety of people who have been affected by kidney disease including Quandra Lee, a two-time kidney transplant recipient who was diagnosed with kidney failure at age 17; Paula Wagner, an otherwise healthy 28-year-old who was diagnosed with Rapidly Progressing Glomerulonephritis (RPGN) during a routine physical and Michael Lucas, who was diagnosed with end stage kidney disease when he walked into an emergency room 14 years ago and has been on dialysis ever since.

The Washington, DC area leads the nation in the prevalence of kidney disease with more than 500,000 people affected. More than 5,800 area residents are currently on dialysis and approximately 1,700 are waiting for kidney transplants.

The Ronald D. Paul Companies, Inc. has generously matched dollar-for-dollar funds raised by individual walkers, walk teams and corporate sponsors. Other sponsors include Pacers Running Stores, DaVita, Hunton & Williams, WPGC, Kidney Kids, Best Buy, Whole Foods, Commerce Bank, Fresenius, Starbucks, Einstein Brothers, Magruders, the Shops at Georgetown Park and Downtown Silver Spring.

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.