Tour DaVita Raises $1 million for The Kidney TRUST

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With the support of DaVita teammates, family members, friends and corporate sponsors, the seventh annual Tour DaVita raised $1 million for The Kidney TRUST.

Tour DaVita is a three-day, 220-mile bike ride to raise awareness and funds for the fight against kidney disease. This year’s beneficiary, The Kidney TRUST, is a 501(c)(3) independent nonprofit organization that seeks to reduce the progression of chronic kidney disease through a no-cost, rapid screening in non-medical settings.

“The funds from this year’s Tour DaVita will go a long way in supporting our mission,” said Gloria Upchurch, program manager of The Kidney TRUST. “We will be able to continue helping communities around the country better understand their kidney health, including kidney disease risk factors.”

Gloria and other members of The Kidney TRUST team were onsite to provide no-cost screenings for Tour DaVita participants.

Members of The Kidney TRUST team were onsite to provide no-cost screenings for Tour DaVita participants.

More than 250 Tour DaVita participants had their kidneys screened at no cost by The Kidney TRUST during this year’s event. It is estimated that one in 10 U.S. adults over the age of 20 has kidney disease, but may not be aware of it. In support of raising awareness, DaVita created an online risk quiz for people to learn about their kidney health.

Tour DaVita 2013 was held in upstate South Carolina with 570 participants cycling from Gaffney to Chester on day one; from Chester to Fountain Inn on day two; and from Fountain Inn to Seneca on day three.

To participate in Tour DaVita, riders each raised a minimum of $750 in donations and paid their own travel expenses. Corporate sponsors also contributed to the fundraising efforts.

DaVita CEO Kent Thiry high fives a rider at the Tour DaVita 2013 finish line.

DaVita CEO and mayor, Kent Thiry, high fives a rider at the Tour DaVita 2013 finish line.

To date, Tour DaVita has helped raise more than $5 million for nonprofits dedicated to raising awareness for kidney disease, providing kidney screenings and expanding access to dialysis care in developing countries. Participants have collectively ridden more than 533,000 miles over the course of seven years.

Corporate sponsors for this year’s Tour DaVita included Amgen, ASD Healthcare, Baxter International Inc., Golden Construction Development Company, Inc. and NxStage Medical, Inc.To find a no-cost screening near you, visit kidneytrust.org.

About Bianca Anderson

Bianca Anderson is a member of Team Mercury, based in Denver. She has attended Tour DaVita in the past as and this year will be supporting Tour DaVita from afar.
 

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