Saturday, 27 April 2013

Baltimore Kidney Walk at The Maryland Zoo: May 5

Baltimore Kidney Walk at The Maryland Zoo: May 5, The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) will hold its 11th annual Baltimore Kidney Walk, Sunday, May 5, at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. According to a release from NKF-MD, between 3,500 and 4,000 people are expected to participate in this fun, inspiring, community fundraiser that calls attention to the severity of kidney disease and the need for organ donation.

“It’s a great opportunity for patients, donors, family, friends and businesses to spread awareness about Chronic Kidney Disease,” said Diana Mitchell, NKF-MD’s development manager.

“This will be our biggest walk yet as we reach a record number participants at the Baltimore Zoo! We look forward to seeing so many returning walkers and teams sharing their story and gathering for this impactful day!”

‘… a great opportunity for patients, donors, family, friends and businesses to spread awareness about Chronic Kidney Disease.’
Photo credit:  NKF-MD
Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Zoo’s main gate and Walk participants who are Zoo members are asked to present their membership passes upon arrival. Following warm-up exercises, the 1.6-mile walk through the Zoo begins at 9 a.m.

Back at the Waterfowl Pavilion following the walk, participants can enjoy refreshments, including apples from Giant, drinks from Honest Tea and Chips from Frito Lay. They also can mingle with animal ambassadors from the Zoo and enjoy performances by the Science Cheerleaders, a group of former and current NFL and NBA cheerleaders pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, math and health.

Additional activities include face painting, as well as rock climbing and touring a digital camouflage Humvee – both provided by the Maryland National Guard.

“In addition to raising public awareness about kidney disease and the importance of having your kidneys checked regularly, the Kidney Walk unites the community to fight for one cause,” said Quincy M. Crawford, a partner with DLA Piper, who is returning as the Baltimore Kidney Walk corporate chair.

Participation in Kidney Walk is free for Zoo members: everyone else must raise or donate a minimum of $10 to cover Zoo admission.

$100 is the minimum amount required to receive a Walk t-shirt, and sponsorships are also available.

To register or receive information about Walk sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, call 410-494-8545 or visit

Funds raised through Kidney Walk will directly support NKF-MD’s patient services, education and research efforts.

More than 3,500 people participated in the 2012 Kidney Walk events, which raised over $370,000. Check out the slide show from last year’s event.

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