NEW YORK, April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 2017 Kidney Walk, the nation's largest fundraiser to fight kidney disease, welcomes a new National Team, Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), which has set the Walk's largest-ever National Team fundraising goal: $250,000.
FMCNA, a health care company, is focused on delivering the highest quality care to people with renal and other chronic conditions. FMCNA joins a group of eight National Teams that encourage Kidney Walk fundraising and participation across multiple locations nationwide.
"We are so proud to welcome Fresenius Medical Care North America as a new National Team for Kidney Walk and honor them for setting the Walk's highest fundraising goal ever," said Kevin Longino, CEO, National Kidney Foundation and a kidney transplant patient. "Through their ongoing commitment to Kidney Walk, FMCNA's support helps us deliver the highest quality education, programs and services to all those affected by kidney disease in local communities nationwide."
The Kidney Walk is the nation's largest fundraiser to fight kidney disease. Held in nearly 100 communities, more than 75,000 walkers join NKF to raise over $8 million to help kidney patients and their families each year. More than 80 cents of every dollar donated directly supports NKF programs and services.
Since 2012, nearly 11,000 walkers on Fresenius-affiliated teams have raised nearly $880,000 for Kidney Walk. Fresenius Vascular Care, an FMCNA business, was the first-ever Kidney Walk National Team. Now, FMCNA will bring all of its businesses together under one National Team with a joint fundraising goal of $250,000.
"We are proud of our longstanding relationship with the National Kidney Foundation and are pleased to grow our support for their important efforts in the fight against kidney disease," said Bill Valle, Chief Executive Officer of Fresenius Medical Care North America. "By aligning our volunteers across our family of companies, and tapping into the same culture of caring that drives our mission, we can make a greater social impact for the benefit of the broader kidney community."
Kidney Disease Facts
1 in 3 American adults is at risk for kidney disease. 26 million American adults have kidney disease—and most aren't aware of it. Risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, family history, and age 60+. People of African American; Hispanic; Native American; Asian; or Pacific Islander descent are at increased risk for developing the disease. African Americans are 3 ½ times more likely, and Hispanics 1 ½ times more likely, to experience kidney failure.
About National Kidney Foundation
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information about the NKF visit www.kidney.org.
About Fresenius Medical Care North America
Fresenius Medical Care North America is the premier health care company focused on providing the highest quality care to people with renal and other chronic conditions. Through its industry-leading network of dialysis facilities, outpatient cardiac and vascular labs, and urgent care centers, as well as the country's largest practice of hospitalist and post-acute providers, Fresenius Medical Care provides coordinated health care services at pivotal care points for hundreds of thousands of chronically ill customers throughout the continent. As the world's largest fully vertically integrated renal company, it offers specialty pharmacy and laboratory services, and manufactures and distributes the most comprehensive line of dialysis equipment, disposable products, and renal pharmaceuticals. For more information, visit the FMCNA website at www.fmcna.com
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SOURCE National Kidney Foundation