Registration Now Open for Freeman March O’ the Kidney Walk
January 27, 2022
Save the Date for the Walk Benefitting the Freeman Dialysis Patient Assistance Fund
JOPLIN, Mo. – March O’ the Kidney is moving back indoors to Northpark Mall this year, after being held outside during the pandemic in 2021. Mark your calendar for the walk, which will be held from 8:00 am – 11:00 am Saturday, March 12. Registration is now open for teams and individual walkers; participants may also register on event day at 7:00 am.
March O’ the Kidney is a one-mile walk designed to raise awareness about kidney disease while raising funds for the Freeman Dialysis Patient Assistance Fund.
“Patients with chronic kidney disease must go on dialysis, and these lengthy treatments make it difficult for patients to work or enjoy a typical lifestyle,” said Sally Currence, Freeman Development Office Special Events Coordinator. “Many struggle to pay for medical expenses, proper nutrition and transportation costs to special surgical appointments. When you register for the event or donate, you help raise funds to meet the needs of these patients. One hundred percent of funds raised will be used locally for direct patient assistance.”
Kidney disease impacts 37 million people in the United States – or one in seven adults. Sometimes caused by diabetes and high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease damages the kidneys and decreases their ability to remove waste products and excess fluid from the body. For some people, that’s when dialysis is necessary to artificially remove waste products and extra fluid from the blood when the kidneys can no longer do so. Dialysis is a lifesaving treatment as kidney disease increases your risk of having heart and blood vessel disease.