Michigan Credit Union League & Affiliates and Michigan credit unions once again stepped up for the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan as the second largest sponsor of the 2012 Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, which took place on Sunday, May 20.
With over 4,500 people in attendance, the 2012 Kidney Walk raised more than $360,000 to support the NKFM’s prevention programs and patient services that are offered to the more than 900,000 Michigan residents living with kidney disease, and the many more at risk. Total donations to the Kidney Walk were up by $60,000 over last year.
Thanks to sponsorships, numerous office fundraisers, and the contributions of 13 individual credit unions, the Michigan credit union community contributed a total of more than $80,000 to this year’s event.
MCUL & Affiliates CEO David Adams was proud to serve as Honorary Chair of the event for the second consecutive year. “Michigan credit unions strongly believe that we must give back to the communities we serve and support efforts that help people, including taking on kidney disease which affects nearly one in eight Michiganders,” said Adams.
“Credit unions have deep roots in our communities and we see firsthand how events like the Kidney Walk can make a real difference in people’s lives. We’re proud to support the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and the terrific work they do to improve people’s health and help save lives.”
As Honorary Chair, Adams kicked off the walk by cutting the ceremonial ribbon to begin the 1.5 mile walk through the Detroit Zoo.
Throughout the day, kids visited the Radio Disney entertainment area for face painting, dance contests, giveaways, and music and also enjoyed noodle art and noodle jewelry with Noodles & Company. Kidney patients were offered free healthy food, massages, NKFM tote bags, and other fun gifts in the Champions Tent. All walk participants received free food and refreshments.
Credit unions that participated in the 2012 Kidney Walk include: Michigan First CU, Advantage One Federal CU, Good Shepard CU, Downriver Community Federal CU, Shore to Shore Community Federal CU, Detroit Metropolitan CU, Co-Op Services CU, Rivers Edge Community CU, Christian Financial CU, Communicating Arts CU, Public Service CU, Village Community CU, and the Metro West Chapter of Credit Unions.
NKFM President & CEO Daniel Carney saluted the efforts of Michigan credit unions and all those who participated in the 2012 Kidney Walk. "We walk to honor those living with kidney disease and to raise funds to support a better quality of life for them," said Carney.
"The Kidney Walk also brings attention to the fact that preventing chronic kidney disease is essential and can be accomplished in many cases by controlling the leading causes of kidney failure, diabetes and hypertension."
About the Michigan Credit Union League & Affiliates
Organized in 1934, the Michigan Credit Union League is a trade association representing 324 credit unions statewide. Based in Lansing, the MCUL offers credit unions assistance in the areas of regulatory compliance, legislative advocacy, media advocacy and operational information. For more information, visit www.mcul.org and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MICreditUnions and Twitter at www.twitter.com/MICreditUnions.
About the NKFM:
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 NKFM 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, four years in a row, from Charity Navigator—the nation’s leading charity evaluator.