Community Set to Fight Kidney Disease and Celebrate Lives at Greater Lansing Kidney Walk

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) is asking the community to join more than 400 walkers and supporters expected at their annual Greater Lansing Kidney Walk to fight kidney disease on Sunday, June 10 at Hawk Island County Park, 1601 East Cavanaugh Road, Lansing. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. and the walk kicks off at 12:30 p.m. Park admission, including parking, is free of charge for those participating in the walk.

Participants can register online before the walk date or onsite on June 10. Walkers over the age of 12 are asked to raise at least $20 to offset the cost of the venue, entertainment, and parking. Walkers aged 3-12 are asked to raise at least $10. Walkers aged two and under are free. Participants who raise $100 or more receive a walk t-shirt, plus other incentives. For more information or to register, visit call Ryder Comstock at the NKFM at 800-482-1455.

This year the NKFM will transform an area of Hawk Island County Park into an energetic atmosphere for people with kidney disease, living kidney donors, transplant patients and their loved ones as a way to celebrate their lives. Unlike a traditional charity walk, the Kidney Walk goes the extra mile to support those fighting kidney disease with an event full of celebration including special food (appropriate for those fighting the disease), massages and giveaways. The day will include music, food and beverages, kids activities, demonstrations from Impression5, a visit from Sparty, and much more! Stay after the Walk and enjoy Hawk Island’s swimming beach, playground, hiking trails, paddle boats, fishing, Splashpad and beach volleyball.

“We’re asking our community to continue helping us fight kidney disease, prevent the causes of kidney disease and support those with the disease. This year our finanical goal is to raise $95,000,” said Linda Smith-Wheelock, NKFM President and CEO. “In return, we create a fun-filled atmosphere to celebrate lives and fight the disease, all while enjoying a day at Hawk Island with friends and family. We encourage everyone to join us.”

The Greater Lansing Kidney Walk will draw attention to the importance of early detection and kidney disease prevention, while raising funds in support of kidney patients and their families. As in past years, WILX TV 10 news anchor David Andrews, will be the emcee of the 2018 Walk.

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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