EL SEGUNDO, Calif., June 26 DaVita Inc., a leadingprovider of kidney care services for those diagnosed with chronic kidneydisease and failure (CKD), today announced that its third annual "KidneyAwareness Time(TM)" Walk-a-thon (KAT Walks(TM)) will kick-off June 29, 2008 inVirginia Beach, Va. DaVita KAT Walks Across America(TM) are a series of 5kwalks that seek to raise awareness about the 26 million American adultsaffected by CKD and encourage at-risk people to get tested.
DaVita(R) expects about 13,000 walkers in 20 cities across the U.S. toparticipate in this year's event, raising an estimated $1.5 million to helpfight CKD. Each 5k walk represents about 16,900 steps; when all of the walksare completed, the total distance traveled will be about 337,900steps -- roughly equivalent to the number of Americans receiving dialysistreatment today. Proceeds from KAT Walks Across America will benefit TheKidney TRUST(TM), an independent public charity founded by DaVita Inc. toincrease awareness about kidney disease through public education and testingprograms so that the progression of CKD to kidney failure can be delayed orprevented.
"Twenty-six million American adults have chronic kidney disease and 90percent of them don't even know it because early-stage CKD rarely hassymptoms," said Stephen Cadby, event director of the KAT Walks. "That's why wewalk -- to let people know of the importance of getting tested now, ratherthan discover they have the disease when they need dialysis or a transplant."
The KAT Walks tour includes stops in Boston, Detroit and Los Angeles, andconcludes in Orlando on Dec. 7. Open to the public, each walk will also offerfree CKD evaluation and screening courtesy of The Kidney TRUST. Completedetails, including a list of cities, locations and downloadable registrationforms are available online at http://www.davitakatwalks.com.
DaVita, KAT Walk, Kidney Awareness Time and The 2008 DaVita KAT WalksAcross America are trademarks or registered trademarks of DaVita Inc. Allother trademarks are property of their respective owners.
About DaVita Inc.
DaVita Inc., a FORTUNE 500(R) company, is a leading provider of kidneycare in the United States, providing dialysis services and education forpatients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. DaVitamanages more than 1,300 outpatient facilities and acute units in more than 700hospitals located in 43 states and the District of Columbia, servingapproximately 107,000 patients. As part of DaVita's commitment to building ahealthy, caring community, DaVita develops, participates in and donates tonumerous programs dedicated to transforming communities and creating positive,sustainable change for children, families and our environment. For moreinformation about DaVita, its kidney education and its community programs,please visit http://www.davita.com.
About The Kidney TRUST
The Kidney TRUST was founded in 2006 by DaVita Inc. The Kidney TRUST is anindependent, non-profit organization that believes everyone should beempowered to take a proactive role in their health. Toward that end, TheKidney TRUST is seeking to reduce the advancement of chronic kidney disease(CKD) by broadly deploying cost-effective rapid-screening for CKD innon-medical settings, and providing financial assistance to people affected byCKD. For more information, visit https://www.kidneytrust.org.
SOURCE DaVita Inc.