Friday, July 18, 2008

Beantown support for the Kidney Bean

The kidney is a vital organ in your system, but few people understand its role within the body. Healthy kidneys remove wastes and fluid and help regulate the body’s water and other chemicals in the blood, according to In other words, after a night out on the town, your kidney ensures your body is functional the next day.

So what is Chronic Kidney Disease(CKD) and why should I care? CKD is when one suffers from gradual and usually permanent loss of kidney function over time. It is dangerous to loose your kidney function because water, waste, and toxic substances will build up that normally are removed from the body by the kidneys.

CKD effects over an estimated 26 million adults in the United States, but most are unaware of it, undercutting efforts to prevent irreversible kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant.

The lack of awareness has also created a huge cost to the health care system. In 2005 485,000 Americans received ongoing dialysis treatment or a kidney transplant, at a cost of $32 billion!

It is even estimated that by 2020 nearly 785,000 people will be receiving treatment for kidney failure, costing an estimated $53.6 billion! To put in perspective, this is more than DOUBLE the cost of the BIG Dig which is estimated to cost $22 Billion dollars by 2038 when it is finally paid off!

If you think you might be one of the unaware Americans you can take a quiz that helps sort through typical symptoms that lead to CKD. You may be one of the lucky who does not have it but someone you know may have it so come out and support DaVitaKat's "20 Walks in 20 Weeks" in support of raising awareness and raising money for an important cause!

Volunteer Information for Boston
Date: July 27th
Place: Cambridge Common- Garden St at Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge.
Time: Volunteers report at 7 a.m., Walk starts at 10 a.m.

For more information:, p) 866-342-1603, e-mail,

To Volunteer
1. Go to
2. Click “Volunteer” on the left menu bar
3. Follow the instructions given.

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1 comment:

Casey said...

What a funny stuffed animal! Or I suppose, stuffed organ! HA!