Redskins Are Walking the Walk For Kidney Disease

The Washington Redskins are demonstrating their commitment to fighting kidney disease in our region by participating in three National Kidney Foundation Kidney Walks this spring.

Reed Doughty, the father of a young kidney patient, will serve as Honorary Chairman of the Northern Virginia Kidney Walk on April 3 at Reston Town Center. Doughty’s wife donated a kidney to their son when he was just 18 months old.

Lorenzo Alexander will be Honorary Chairman of the Virginia Beach Kidney Walk on April 10 at the 24th Street Park. Alexander has a family history of diabetes – the leading cause of kidney disease – including an uncle who received a kidney transplant last year after many years on dialysis.

Anthony Armstrong, whose father died of kidney failure when he was a young boy, has been named Honorary Chair of the Kidney Walk at the Mall at Prince Georges on May 1.

According to Armstrong, “My father had kidney failure due to undiagnosed hypertension. Had it not been for kidney disease, I would have had a father and someone to look up to. It is so important for you to get your kidneys checked out. Take the proper steps and ask your doctor or go to a free screening.”

Doughty echoed Armstrong’s sentiments about the importance of early detection.

“My son’s kidney failure was not preventable, but for so many people it is,” he said. “That’s why I’m on a mission to educate people about risk factors. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of kidney disease, you should be screened.”

The National Kidney Foundation offers free screenings to those at risk through its Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP). Upcoming screenings are on March 23 and May 9 in Washington, DC and April 17 in Vienna, VA. Visit www.kidneywdc.org or call 202-244-7900.

More than 26 million Americans – one in nine – have chronic kidney disease (CKD). The Washington, DC area leads the nation in the prevalence of kidney disease, with more than 700,000 affected, nearly 6,000 on dialysis, and 1,500 waiting for kidney transplants.

The Kidney Walk offers a family friendly environment with a Kids Corner, a Wellness Area, and various pre- and post-Walk activities.

The Kidney Walk is a fun, inspiring community fundraiser that calls attention to the prevention of kidney disease and the need for organ donation. It’s an opportunity for patients, transplant recipients, organ donors, family, friends, groups and businesses to come together to support the millions of people with chronic kidney disease.

To pre-register for a Kidney Walk, visit www.kidneywalk.org. Day of registration is also available.


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