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Gift of Life Walk
Event Start Time: 06/30/2013 - 9:00am
The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois [NKFI] improves the health and well-being of people at risk for or affected by kidney disease through prevention, education and empowerment. The NKFI has provided services and programs for individuals, families and communities located within Illinois and who are most affected by kidney disease, for more than 60 years and is an affiliate of the National Kidney Foundation [NKF].
The NKF and its affiliates are leaders in the funding of medical research in the area of kidney diseases. Over one third of the medical research funded in the United States for kidney disease is funded by the NKF and its associated affiliates. The Illinois affiliate is a leader in organ donor awareness and in educating the public about the prevention of kidney disease through its free diabetes and high blood pressure screenings, education and referral programs, and provides a variety of related services for patients with kidney, urinary, and related diseases. The NKFI's main office is located in Chicago. In addition, there is one NKFI chapter located in Champaign County, which provides localized services and programs.
In November 2005, the NKFI introduced the KidneyMobile®, the nation's only mobile disease screening, interactive educational exhibit and follow-up patient program that is now traveling throughout Illinois to prevent chronic kidney disease by providing free early detection screenings and education. Since its introduction in 2005, the KidneyMobile® program has screened and educated more than 30,000 people for high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and signs of chronic kidney disease. 74% of those screened had at least one result outside of normal range, and nearly 34% needed immediate referral to a health care provider. Individuals with abnormal results are provided with follow-up treatment information and are contacted by members of the NKFI staff. 90 cents of every dollar donated to the NKFI directly benefit the programs and services we provide throughout the state of Illinois.
Event Website: www.firstgiving.org/nkfi (to register) or www.nkfi.org (general NKFI website)
Registration in free. Fundraising is optional and walkers who raise $75 or more will receive an official 2013 t-shirt.