McCann Worldgroup’s Bill Kolb and Henry Ford Health System’s Wright Lassiter III named 2017 Kidney Walk Chairmen
Duo rallies community around National Kidney Foundation of Michigan’s
golden event to raise funds
Ann Arbor, Mich. (Feb. 2017) – The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan has announced the appointment of Bill Kolb, Global President, Diversified Agencies, McCann Worldgroup, and Wright Lassiter III, president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System, as chairmen for the 2017 Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo. This year’s Walk marks a golden event as the 21st annual Kidney Walk will be held on Sunday the 21st day of May, where more than 6,500 walkers and supporters are anticipated to be in attendance. The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan’s goal is to raise $600,000 at the annual Kidney Walk to support the many programs and services of the Foundation.
Dan Carney, president and CEO of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, said, “We believe that with Bill and Wright’s support, we will reach our financial goal allowing us to further support the Foundation’s vital programs and services that serve the one in nine people in Michigan with chronic kidney disease.”
“Being part of a community means continuously seeking opportunities to support each other and everything we’re a part of – from our teams and our clients to the very neighborhoods in which we live,” said Kolb. “The McCann Worldgroup Detroit team is thrilled to partner with the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan to help make a positive, lasting difference in the lives of those affected by chronic kidney disease in our home state.”
Over the past 20 years, nearly 70,000 walkers have taken part in the annual Kidney Walk and has raised nearly $6 million since it first started in 1996. The Kidney Walk will draw attention to the importance of early detection and kidney disease prevention, while raising funds in support of kidney patients and their families.
- Diabetes and high blood pressure are the two leading causes of chronic kidney disease
- 70% of kidney disease can be prevented
- One in nine people have kidney disease
- 90 cents of every dollar raised for the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan goes back into the organization’s prevention programs and patient services.
- More than 900,000 Michigan residents are living with chronic kidney disease and most don’t know it.
- The mission of the National kidney Foundation of Michigan is to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it.
Festivities at this year’s Kidney Walk include food, games, prizes, music, a kidney Champions Tent, and much more. Sponsors for the 2017 Kidney Walk include: Henry Ford Health System, Health Alliance Plan, McCann Worldgroup Detroit, Greenfield Health Systems, Meijer, WJBK-TV Fox 2 Detroit, and more.
Participants can register onsite on the day of the Walk or online before the Walk date. Registration is $25 per person (over the age of 12) and $10 per child for ages 3-12 and includes parking, Detroit Zoo admission, and activities. Kids 2 years old and under are free. Additional fundraising beyond the registration fee is encouraged. Participants who raise $100 or more receive a Kidney Walk t-shirt. The Detroit Zoo is located at 8450 West 10 Mile Road in Royal Oak, Mich. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the Walk kicks off at 8:45 a.m.
The mission of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it. The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is widely known for providing more programs and services to more people than any other region or state. The organization was recognized for its success in sound fiscal management by receiving a 4-star rating, nine years in a row, from Charity Navigator—the nation’s leading charity evaluator.
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