Chicago is Walking for a Cure this Weekend!

Chicago Walk co-chair Sue Rogers walks for her son Sammy.
Co-chair Sue Rogers walks for her son.

The NephCure Kidney Walk returns for the 9th year to Chicagoland this Sunday, September 20th. The walk brings together Chicago area patients, friends, and family dedicated to raising awareness and vital funds to find improved treatment options and a cure for primary Chronic Kidney Diseases, including FSGS and nephrotic syndrome.

The walk will be held at Centennial Park, 1776 W. Centennial Place, Addison, IL. Registration opens at 9 and the walk begins at 10 a.m.  Music, food, and games will be held afterwards, plus fantastic raffle prizes, including a pair of tickets to the inaugural Countdown To A Cure Chicago fundraising gala themed Crusade For The Cure on Friday, November 6th at Architectural Artifacts at 4325 N Ravenswood Ave., Chicago.  The walk is open to the public, but registration is encouraged in advance at Chicago Walk.

The NephCure Kidney Walk is especially meaningful to Romeoville resident and walk organizer Sue Rogers, whose son has been dealing with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) for over 11 years.

“I love the support I have found from parents I’ve connected with through the walk,” said Rogers. “Some have been through so much already with their children, including dialysis and a kidney transplant. I admire their strength. Just being able to talk to another mom who understands what you are going through helps me maintain my sanity when I question myself how I’ll manage to handle it all.”

Chicago native Aries Merritt won the bronze medal in the 110m hurdles in Beijing at the world track and field championships last month, with less than 20 percent kidney function caused by FSGS – days before receiving a kidney transplant. It is estimated that kidney disease affects 31 million people in the United States alone, with African Americans being 3 times more likely to experience kidney failure.

Last year, 90,000 Americans were killed by kidney disease, more than breast cancer and prostate cancer.  Some doctors believe kidney disease of this nature might be the next epidemic of our generation.

Start your team today! Team fundraising is a great way to get your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors involved. Click on “Start a Team to get started or go to to join a team.

Cannot physically make the event? Maybe you have a wedding on walk weekend. Or your son or daughter has a soccer game. Maybe you’re moving to a new house.  We get it. Fall can be a busy time. But remember just because you can’t make it to walk day, doesn’t mean you can’t keep the tradition alive and make an impact by fundraising in support of NephCure Kidney International. Leave your footprint as a Virtual Walker.

Please join in the fun & fundraising and setup a Virtual Walk Team and share with your friends & family on social media. We need everyone’s involvement. You will still be able to earn the commemorative Walk T-shirt! Click on “Start a Team to get started or go to to join a team.

REMEMBER – You can still Fundraise for your Walk team AFTER the walk is over for the remainder of 2015. So it’s not too late!

Share your Team Fundraising Page & Photos on Social Media! Make sure you share frequently your page and event photos on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and with your email lists. Use the hashtags #Selfies4NephCure #NKIWalk #Chicago

A special thank you to Chicago Walk Co-Chairs Sue Rogers and Julia Bacarella – We are thankful for all that you do!

To register or donate to the NephCure Kidney Walk, please visit or contact Jayne Drew at

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