Waltham, Mass. Nov. 29, 2017 – Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) employees put on their walking shoes and raised nearly $300,000, the most amount ever raised by a National Team participating in Kidney Walk, the centerpiece fundraiser of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF). The record amount surpassed the goal of $250,000 the company set for itself.
FMCNA is the premier healthcare company focused on providing the highest quality care to people with renal and other chronic conditions. The company raised more than $1 million since 2012 for the NKF Kidney Walks, the nation’s largest fundraising initiative to fight kidney disease. FMCNA was one of eight National Teams participating in 2017. The company-wide effort included more than 3,700 FMCNA employees, who joined more than 260 teams at 74 Kidney Walks across the country.
“Giving back to the community is part of who we are. Our partnership with the National Kidney Foundation is one of the ways we live our mission to improve the quality of life of every patient every day,” said Bill Valle, chief executive officer of Fresenius Medical Care North America. “We’re honored to help the National Kidney Foundation deliver the highest quality services to all those affected by kidney disease in communities nationwide and look forward to our continued partnership. Surpassing our fundraising goal speaks to the dedication of our employees in supporting this important cause.”
“FMCNA exceeding its Kidney Walk fundraising goal in such a big way is a big win for everyone affected by kidney disease,” said Kevin Longino, chief executive officer of the National Kidney Foundation and a kidney transplant patient. “Their strong showing across the country demonstrates a fantastic level of participation that will accelerate our mission. We are proud to partner FMCNA.”
Held in more than 100 communities, more than 85,000 walkers join NKF in raising more than $9 million each year to help kidney patients and their families. More than 81 cents of every dollar donated directly supports NKF programs and services.
About Fresenius Medical Care North America
Fresenius Medical Care North America is the premier healthcare company focused on providing the highest quality care to people with renal and other chronic conditions. Through its industry-leading network of dialysis facilities, outpatient cardiac and vascular labs, and urgent care centers, as well as the country’s largest practice of hospitalist and post-acute providers, Fresenius Medical Care North America provides coordinated health care services at pivotal care points for hundreds of thousands of chronically ill customers throughout the continent. As the world’s largest fully integrated renal company, it offers specialty pharmacy and laboratory services, and manufactures and distributes the most comprehensive line of dialysis equipment, disposable products and renal pharmaceuticals. For more information, visit the FMCNA website at https://fmcna.com.
Kidney Disease Facts
Thirty million American adults are estimated to have chronic kidney disease – and most aren’t aware of it. One in three American adults are at risk for chronic kidney disease. Risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and family history of kidney failure. People of African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian or Pacific Islander descent are at increased risk for developing the disease. African Americans are three times more likely than Whites, and Hispanics are nearly one and a half times more likely than non-Hispanics to develop end stage renal disease (kidney failure).
About National Kidney Foundation
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information about the NKF visit www.kidney.org.