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2018 Lakeland Kidney Walk194 days to go!

Walk Details Walk Details


November 3, 2018
Check-in time: 8:00 AM - Start time: 9:00 AM


Anchor Park at Florida Southern University
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Savanna Lanza

Walk Goal: $30,000.00

Achieved: $2,500.00



What is a Kidney Walk?

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

How is the money used?

More than 80 cents of every dollar raised for the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) goes directly to support programs and services including:

  • Free local KEEP Healthy® screenings throughout the United States. Patients are screened for kidney disease risk factors and receive educational information and a clinician consultation.
  • Peer support through NKF PEERS, our free, national telephone-based support program that connects those experiencing chronic kidney disease with NKF-trained mentors who have been through a similar experience.
  • Advocacy efforts to improve the quality of life for kidney patients and reducing transplant waiting times.
  • NKF Research Grant program, including the Young Investigator Grants program for beginning scientists.
  • Community-based education through “Your Kidneys and You,” a volunteer-led presentation on risk factors and prevention of kidney disease.
  • Patient and professional education programs and resources such as the Kidney Living magazine for dialysis patients,  smartphone applications, NKF Spring Clinical meetings, professional journals, and a vast library of printed publications on a variety of topics.

NKF meets the comprehensive standards of America’s most experienced charity evaluator, the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance.

How do I sign up?

It's easy! Click here!

How much does it cost to walk?

There is no registration fee, however, all participants are asked to fundraise. Your fundraising dollars provide life-saving programs and services to the 30 million (1 in 7) American adults currently living with chronic kidney disease and the 1 in 3 adults at risk.  

How much does the average participant raise?

The average Kidney Walker raises $200. Some walkers, with support from family, friends, and co-workers, have raised thousands. Many organizations also create company-sponsored teams. Participants who raise $100 or more are eligible for great prizes!

Why are teams important to success?

Teams account for about 70% of the funds raised in walks. Anyone can form a team -- companies, organizations, families, schools, friends, clubs – you name it! Team sizes can range from as few as two walkers to hundreds. Forming a Kidney Walk team is a great way to build company morale and camaraderie among co-workers and increase community spirit.

Is it difficult to organize a team?

Not at all! Once you have registered as a Team Captain, the NKF staff will provide you with all the materials, guidance and motivation you need to form a successful team.

What does it mean to be a Team Captain?

Team Captains are the liaison between team members and NKF. They are responsible for recruiting walkers and motivating team members to raise funds for the Kidney Walk.

What are the benefits of using online fundraising?

Online fundraising is designed to make your fundraising efforts more successful. Some of the benefits include:

  • You can easily and quickly make a personal donation, send emails, track donations and send thank you notes to donors.
  • The online Kidney Walk Center allows you to track your progress towards your goal with an online fundraising “thermometer.”
  • You can personalize your fundraising page by sharing your story and reasons for participating in the Kidney Walk.
  • Donors receive an automatic confirmation of their charitable gifts, providing them with an immediate receipt for tax purposes.
  • is a secure site and accepts credit cards, so there’s no need to hassle with checks.

Are pets, bicycles, strollers, in-line skates allowed?

Strollers are welcome at all walk sites; however, bicycles and in-line skates are not allowed. Pets are welcome on leashes at most walk sites, but please check with your local Kidney Walk staff partner to confirm.

Can my child participate in the walk?

The walk is a family event and all ages can participate. With a little help, kids have the potential to become great fundraisers and helping others is a great life lesson!

Do I need to register my child?

Yes, you should register your children either online or on the day of the event.  Each person attending the event needs to have a signed waiver. By registering your children, you are signing that waiver of participation on their behalf if they are under the age of 16.

How long is the route?

The Kidney Walk is a non-competitive event. Routes are usually 3-5 miles in length, across generally level terrain. Please consult your walk’s home page to determine the exact length of the walk in which you will be participating.

What if it rains?

The Kidney Walk takes place rain or shine! If there is dangerous weather, your local Kidney Walk staff partner will notify participants to make alternate plans.

How can my company match my fundraising dollars?

Matching gifts are a great way to increase donations. Click here to see if your company will match employee contributions. Encourage your donors to do the same.

Don’t see your employer on the list?
Contact for more information on how your business can participate in the matching gifts program.

How do I turn in donations?

Funds raised online are automatically directed to NKF. For funds raised offline, please use the envelope attached to your Walker Welcome Brochure to turn in money at the walk.  Funds can also be turned in to the local NKF office any time of the year.

Who do I make checks payable to?

Please make checks payable to “National Kidney Foundation.

Have more questions?

Contact Savanna Lanza at or 407-894-7325.


Our Top Fundraisers

These Top Walkers and Teams in the 2018 Lakeland Kidney Walk make fundraising look easy - because it is! Taking the first step to ask a friend or a family member for a donation is all it takes. The rest is a breeze. But that breeze has a powerful gust: The funds you raise build a world without kidney disease and change the daily lives of millions of people for the better.

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