Team Sinai Walkers Raise $10,000 for the National Kidney Foundation
More than 100 participants from the Mount Sinai Dialysis Program and the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute at Mount Sinai took part in the NYC NFK Walk in October.
On October 16, 2011 a group of staff and patients from Mount Sinai took part in the annual Kidney Walk in New York City, a fundraising walk sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF). One of the largest walks in the nation, the New York NKF Walk raised more than $900,000 this year to help fight kidney disease. ‘Team Sinai’ was one of many participating teams in the New York NKF Walk.
Team Sinai was comprised of more than 100 participants from the Mount Sinai Dialysis Program and the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute at Mount Sinai Medical Center, who through their combined efforts raised more than $10,000 for NKF this year. The walk took place in New York’s historic South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan.
With local offices nationwide, NKF provides free early detection screenings and educational programs for the public, patients, and healthcare professionals. NKF also advocates for patients through legislative action, promotes organ donation, and provides grants for kidney research. Approximately 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease – one in nine adults. “Preventing kidney disease is more important than ever. Team Sinai is proud to have supported this worthwhile program,” said Sharyn Kreitzer of the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute.
Other key facts about kidney disease:
- Every 5 minutes, someone in the U.S. experiences kidney failure.
- More than 87,000 are currently awaiting a kidney transplant.
- Every 2 hours, someone dies while waiting for a kidney.
- 382,000 depend on dialysis to stay alive.
- Early detection can help slow or prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure.
- NKF has provided free early detection screenings to 155,000 individuals at increased risk for CKD.
For more information about future walks, contact: Sharyn Kreitzer at 212-659-8027