Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo Attracts Over 4,500 Attendees, Raises Nearly $400,000

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Publication Date: 
05/21/2012

Zoo Kidney Walk picture 2On Sunday, May 20, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) held its annual Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo. With over 4,500 people in attendance, the Kidney Walk raised nearly $400,000 to support the NKFM’s prevention programs and patient services that are offered to the more than 900,000 Michigan residents living with kidney disease, and the many more at risk.

Walkers of all ages lined up at 8:30 a.m. to walk the 1.5-mile route through the Zoo. Honorary Chair Dave Adams, President and CEO of the Michigan Credit Union League, kicked off the Kidney Walk by cutting the ceremonial ribbon to officially begin the event. Throughout the day, kids visited the Radio Disney entertainment area for face painting, dance contests, giveaways, and music and also enjoyed noodle art and noodle jewelry with Noodles & Company. Kidney patients were offered free healthy food, massages, NKFM tote bags, and other fun gifts in the Champions Tent. All walk participants received free food and refreshments.

Zoo Kidney Walk pictureMajor Kidney Walk sponsors included Meijer, Michigan Credit Union League/CU Corp, Fresenius Medical Care, Greenfield Health Systems, the Michigan Kidney Consultants, and many others.

For more information about the NKFM’s patient services and prevention programs or to learn about the NKFM’s other Kidney Walks throughout Michigan, call (800) 482-1455 or visit the Kidney Walk page.

About the NKFM:
The mission of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it. The NKFM is widely known for providing more programs and services to more people than any other region or state. The organization was recognized for its success in sound fiscal management by receiving a 4-star rating, four years in a row, from Charity Navigator—the nation’s leading charity evaluator. 

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