The Kidney TRUST

The Kidney TRUST to Host Walk-a-thons in 28 States

Event to Promote Kidney Disease Education and Awareness — One in Eleven American Adults Currently Live with Kidney Disease

Burlingame, CA , August 28, 2021 – The Kidney TRUST will host its 2nd annual Kidney Awareness Time Walk-a-thon (KAT Walk) over the weekend of September 15 and 16, 2007, in 55 cities spanning 28 states. The KAT Walk is designed to raise awareness and funds for kidney disease education and prevention. Registration is $15 and is free to kidney patients; all registered walkers will receive a t-shirt.

Diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of kidney disease. Twenty million American adults – about one in eleven – already have chronic kidney disease (CKD) and 325,000 with kidney failure are on dialysis. African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, and seniors (65 and over) are at increased risk of developing this illness. Early detection and education can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure.

“Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects millions of Americans and most do not even know it. Over KAT Walk weekend, diverse communities from across the nation will learn about the importance of getting tested for CKD to prevent or delay kidney failure,” said Barbara Lawson, president of The Kidney TRUST.

The Kidney TRUST, an independent public charity, was formed to increase awareness of kidney disease through public education and testing programs so that progression of CKD to kidney failure can be delayed or prevented. In 2007 The TRUST is piloting a low cost testing and screening program and a financial assistance program for CKD patients. To register for the KAT Walk, please visit or email

KAT Walk 2007 national sponsors include: DaVita Inc., C&S Sales, Shire, IKON, American Regent, Genzyme, and Henry Schein.