In honor of Kidney Health Month, MUSC Health and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) are working together to increase kidney health awareness throughout South Carolina. With the increase in diabetes and high blood pressure – two major kidney disease risk factors – kidney disease is on the rise. South Carolina ranks among the highest for those being treated for kidney failure and awaiting lifesaving transplants.
Quick Kidney Facts:
- One in three American adults is at high risk for developing kidney disease today.
- 26 million Americans have kidney disease –– and most don't know it.
- High blood pressure and diabetes are the two leading causes of kidney disease.
- Kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States.
Kidney Health Awareness Event Calendar:
World Kidney Day – Thursday, March 9, 2017
- Wear orange to show your support of Kidney Health Awareness!
- The NKF will be hosting an information table and kidney screenings at the S.C. Statehouse
More than 100 Kidney Walks take place across the U.S. each year, attracting over 125,000 walkers, 6,000 teams and raising over eight million dollars to support NKF's early detection, awareness, and education programs. MUSC is supporting all South Carolina walks and encourages participation from our patients, staff and surrounding communities. More than 80 cents of every dollar donated directly supports NKF programs and services.
Charleston Kidney Walk
Sunday, March 12, 2017
More information about the Charleston Kidney Walk
Columbia Kidney Walk
Sunday, March 26, 2017
More information about the Columbia Kidney Walk
Greenville Kidney Walk
Sunday, April 22, 2017
More information about the Greenville Kidney Walk