The National Kidney Foundation announces that William McKinney, President of Fresenius Medical Care North America's (FMCNA) Integrated Care Group, which includes Fresenius Health Partners and FreseniusRx, will serve as this year's Corporate Chairman for the Austin Kidney Walk to be held Sunday, Nov. 12, at Concordia University Texas. As Corporate Chairman for the event, McKinney will help call attention to the prevention of kidney disease and the need for organ donation. This year, FMCNA announced a company-wide national team in support of the National Kidney Foundation's walks. By bringing together the collective power of Fresenius Medical Care employee volunteers under one National Team, the company enhances its ability to make a greater social impact on the broader kidney community. With a 2017 Kidney Walk fundraising goal of $250,000—the largest ever by a National Team—FMCNA intends to surpass the million dollar mark in terms of total funds raised to date. "I am honored to chair this inspirational event because kidney disease affects so many people here in Central Texas," said McKinney. "I hope that this year, we can inspire more individuals, families and teams to join us as we promote kidney health and raise funds for patient programs." In Texas alone, more than 39,753 people receive dialysis treatment for kidney failure and 8,859 are on the waiting list for a life-saving kidney transplant. It is estimated that 1 in 9 people in Texas have kidney disease, and most don't know it because symptoms usually appear late in the disease's progression. The Austin Kidney Walk raises awareness of kidney disease, organ donation and the importance of early screening and healthy lifestyle for those at risk. The Kidney Walk is the nation's largest fundraiser to fight kidney disease. Each year, more than 75,000 walkers join the NKF to raise over $8 million to help kidney patients and their families. More than 80 cents of every dollar donated directly supports NKF programs and services.
To join William McKinney, register for the Kidney Walk online at www.kidneywalk.org.The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information, visit www.kidney.org. About Fresenius Medical Care North America Fresenius Medical Care North America is the premier health care 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 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 vertically 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 www.fmcna.com.