Many of the Walk participants were kidney disease patients, individuals on dialysis or those who have received transplants. The crowd also consisted of living donors and donor families in addition to other supporters of the NKF/NCA. Testimonies were given by a variety of people who have been affected by kidney disease including Honorary Co-Chair Reed Doughty of the Washington Redskins, whose son was born with kidney failure and received a transplant last year; Honorary Co-Chair City of Hyattsville Mayor Bill Gardiner, who donated a kidney to his cousin in the summer of 2008; and Walk Co-Chair Quandra Lee, a two-time kidney transplant recipient.
The Washington, DC area leads the nation in the prevalence of kidney disease with more than 700,000 people affected and more than 1,600 waiting for kidney transplants. The National Kidney Foundation is working to combat this problem with its Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP), public awareness, physicianâ€™s education, and organ donation awareness programs in our community.
Congresswoman Donna EdwardsCourtesy PhotoTitle sponsor Ron Paul, President of the Ronald D. Paul Companies and Chairman of EagleBank, recently received his second transplant with a kidney donated by the Chief Financial Officer of his real estate company, Kathy McCallum. Paul has chaired the National Kidney Foundationâ€™s Board of Directors and Kidney Ball, and currently co-chairs the annual Maryland Golf Classic. The National Kidney Foundation extends its gratitude to other Walk sponsors including The Mall at Prince Georgeâ€™s, The Washington Informer, WPGC 95.5, and Amgen.
To learn more about kidney disease prevention and organ donation, please visit www.kidneywdc.org or call 202-244- 7900.