Nick Cannon Steps Up for New Gig -- Host of the National Kidney Foundation's Kidney Walk

Aug 29, 2012, 11:00 ET from National Kidney Foundation

NEW YORK, Aug. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Award winning actor, comedian and host of NBC-TV's top rated "America's Got Talent," will soon shine the spotlight on the body's least known but most hardworking organ—the kidney. Nick Cannon, who never gave his own kidneys a second thought, was hospitalized last winter for acute kidney injury and diagnosed with lupus nephritis. His condition has stabilized and he's now stepping out in support of the National Kidney Foundation's Kidney Walk to spread the word about kidneys and kidney disease.

"The kidneys filter out toxins in the blood, acting as the body's purifier, but unless they stop working, people pay no attention. The fact is there are 26 million Americans with kidney disease and one in three people in this country are at risk because of high blood pressure and diabetes—the two leading causes. So none of us can afford to ignore this anymore," says Cannon.

Cannon will host the Kidney Walk in New York City on October 14 at South Street Seaport, a 5K event that will draw 7,000 walkers who will help raise awareness and funds to support the fight against kidney disease.

"This walk will help those at risk take the lifesaving step of getting their kidneys checked," said Cannon. "By participating, we're all helping get the word out about screening and the importance of healthy lifestyle in preventing kidney disease. I had very unhealthy eating habits but now I know that eating a low fat, low sodium and low sugar diet and keeping blood pressure and blood sugar under control can prevent kidney damage."

Onsite registration for the NYC Kidney Walk begins at 9:30 am and the Walk starts at 10.30 am. Walkers participate as individuals or form teams. Cannon is urging fans to step out with him and join Team Nick Cannon. To support his efforts, those in New York or anywhere in the country can make a contribution by visiting

The NYC event is one of nearly 100 Kidney Walks held by the National Kidney Foundation around the country. For more, visit

SOURCE National Kidney Foundation