The Kidney Walks have been an integral part of our fundraising world since 1996. Since that time, the Kidney Walks have grown into an almost $1 million/year extravaganza in Michigan, and have also been replicated throughout the country! The Kidney Walks are presented statewide by Meijer and Fresenius Medical Care.
Kidney Walks are now held in the following areas, and feature some very unique family highlights:
Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids - Sunday, May 4, 2014
The Grand Rapids Kidney Walk takes place on the beautiful White Pines Trail, with all fun festivities taking place in or around Fifth Third Ballpark. From a petting zoo to face painting to a fun and “get fit” warm up, there is a lot to do! Expect to see over 1,000 walkers this year, enjoying a live band and a spectacular lunch courtesy of Brann’s Steakhouse.
Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak - Sundy, May 18, 2014
The Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo is where it all started! More than 4,000 people attend this heartwarming event each year that features Radio Disney, many children’s activity stations, multiple food and vendor areas, a raffle of “gotta have it” items, a celebration of individual family teams, dialysis teams, and corporate teams, a Champions Tent for our kidney patients, free parking and of course a chance to spend a day at the zoo.
Lakeshore Walk in Muskegon - Saturday, May 17, 2014
The Lakeshore Kidney Walk will be held in Pere Marquette State Park, and is one of the most beautiful Walks in the state! Walkers can enjoy live entertainment, pony rides, a kid’s area, and a scenic walk through and along sand dunes with views of Lake Michigan. Held in the close community of Muskegon, the feeling of family is all around.
Celery Flats in Portage - Sunday, June 1, 2014
The Southwest Michigan Kidney Walk is a scenic walk at Celery Flats, held in a beautiful historic park located a short distance from Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. Walkers can choose between a short or longer walk through the park, enjoy a yummy lunch, VIP treatment for our kidney patients, kid’s activities and much more.
Adado Riverfront Park in Downtown Lansing - Sunday, June 22, 2014
The Greater Lansing Kidney Walk, locally presented by McLaren Greater Lansing will offer a scenic stroll along Lansing’s River Trail and the Grand River, Michigan’s longest river. Walkers will enjoy a hot dog lunch, free parking, tons of great kids activities, VIP treatment for kidney patients, entertainment and their choice of a one or two mile walk.
Ann Arbor - September 2014
The Ann Arbor/Brighton Kidney Walk is especially moving for local kidney patients and their families, as proceeds benefit the Peer Mentoring Program and other important programs for people with kidney disease. With live music, multiple food vendors, a well populated Champions Tent, and several walk routes to choose from, this fall Walk is not to be missed.