Los Angeles goes on a Kidney Walk! Thanks to the work by volunteers from the National Kidney Foundation, 2010 marks the year that the City of Angels no longer sends supporters to other cities’ walks but holds its own. Learn about kidney transplantation and also how to become a living donor.
L.A.‘s Inaugural Kidney Walk
The National Kidney Foundation announces that the 2010 Inaugural Los Angeles Kidney Walk will take place on Saturday October 16, 2010. Walkers gather at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Stadium at 8 a.m. The fundraising goal for the L.A. event is $100,000 and as of September 26, 2010 already $27,390 has been raised.
Participants should expect to walk for two miles in a non-competitive environment. There is no call to run but instead leisurely stroll. Dialysis patents are encouraged to participate in a celebration of community spirit and the many advances already made in this field of medicine.
Why Participate in the L.A. Kidney Walk?
The Kidney Foundation explains that the goal of any Kidney Walk is a mix of fundraising and community advocacy. Seeing organ recipients, living donors and those waiting for a donation walk side by side sends a strong message to Angelenos who might otherwise ‘forget’ that there is a way to help those suffering from kidney disease.
The funds that the organization raises go to research but also patient assistance and education programs. Plenty of participants form teams that walk in support of a kidney patient or a loved one who passed on. In addition to the benefits for kidney disease research and community awareness, the Kidney Walk is also an outstanding means of introducing children to the fine art of community service and volunteerism.
The State of Kidney Transplantation in California
According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, in 2009 there were 44 pediatric and 669 adult kidney transplants performed from living donors. Of these, 10 were from unrelated and anonymous living donors. The youngest kidney recipient – from live or deceased donors — in 2009 was under one year of age. The majority of kidney recipients ranged in age from 50 to 64.
With the Inaugural Los Angeles Kidney Walk ready to take off, affected patients may be getting closer to receiving the much-awaited transplant organ, especially as Angelenos learn more about living donations and how to apply to become a living donor. It is a well-known fact that healthy people can continue living normally even with only one functioning kidney.
Equipping Angelenos with this and other facts is just one goal of the L.A. Kidney Walk!