The National Kidney Foundation’s 2024 Annual Kidney Walk Returns


~ National Walk Campaigns make every step count to help Families facing Kidney Disease ~

(March 22, 2024, New York, NY) —The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is excited to launch NKF’s 2024 Annual Kidney Walk campaigns across the country, recognizing the importance of addressing renal health issues and promoting optimal kidney health and well-being. We are proud to share that Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (Novartis), a leader in the healthcare industry, is supporting the event.

The NKF Kidney Walk provides a unique platform for individuals, communities, and organizations to come together in a shared mission of raising awareness and improving the lives of those affected by kidney disease, also known as chronic kidney disease (CKD), which impacts an estimated 37 million American adults but approximately 90 percent don’t even know they have it.

"We are grateful that Novartis is supporting this year’s National Kidney Walk," said Deanna Van Lear, National Walk Director. "Their commitment to kidney health aligns perfectly with our mission to make a meaningful impact on the lives of millions affected by kidney disease."

The National Kidney Walk is a perfect opportunity to bring attention to the challenges many people face with kidney-related conditions and is our ongoing effort to empower patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers in the kidney health community. NKF encourages individuals, families, and communities to join forces in support of the NKF Kidney Walk and help raise awareness and funds for kidney health initiatives.

By participating in events like the Kidney Walk, everyone can play a vital role in driving progress toward a future free from the burdens of kidney disease.

About Kidney Disease

In the United States, more than 37 million adults are estimated to have kidney disease, also known as chronic kidney disease (CKD)—and approximately 90 percent don’t know they have it. About 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. are at risk for kidney disease. Risk factors for kidney disease include: diabeteshigh blood pressureheart diseaseobesity, and family history. People of Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian American, or Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander descent are at increased risk for developing the disease. Black or African American people are about four times as likely as White people to have kidney failure. Hispanics experience kidney failure at about double the rate of White people.

About the National Kidney Foundation

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is revolutionizing the fight to save lives by eliminating preventable kidney disease, accelerating innovation for the dignity of the patient experience, and dismantling structural inequities in kidney care, dialysis, and transplantation. For more information about kidney disease, please visit