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Why Walk?

Kidney Walk is the nation's largest walk to fight kidney disease. Held in nearly 100 communities, the event raises awareness and funds lifesaving programs that educate and support patients, their families and those at risk.

With the increase in diabetes and high blood pressure -- two major kidney disease risk factors -- kidney disease is on the rise. We’re working to reach the 1 in 3 American adults at risk with important prevention messages before it's too late.  Each year, more than 75,000 walkers join the NKF to raise over $8 million to help kidney patients and their families. Your participation in our events has never been more critical.

More than 80 cents of every dollar donated directly supports programs and services, including:

  • Educating Americans through multimedia public awareness initiatives about kidney disease and ways to reduce their risk. 
  • Empowering those at risk to take action at free, local kidney health screenings.
  • Supporting kidney patients, organ donors, and their families - online at, on the phone toll-free at NKF Cares (1.855.653.2273), and through personal peer-mentoring.
  • Advocating as the voice of the kidney patient in Washington DC to address the organ donor shortage, fund more kidney research, and defend Medicare coverage for kidney disease.
  • Sharing the latest treatment information and practices with healthcare providers so patients get the best possible care.

The National Kidney Foundation is an accredited 501(c)(3) charity. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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