The family of six-year-old Megan McSween, born with kidney disease, is using her story to publicize the NYC Kidney Walk on October 14, hosted by Nick Cannon.
The Kidney Walk is a non-competitive 5K to raise funds for kidney disease prevention, advocacy and education -- and to publicize the need for organ donors: 7,800 people in New York alone are waiting for kidney transplants.
The walk starts at South Street Seaport in Manhattan and crosses the Brooklyn Bridge. Registration starts at the Seaport at 9:30 AM and the walk starts at 10:30 AM.
You can walk individually or form a team with family, friends or colleagues. To get involved or to support a walker, visit the event page.
Megan, undaunted by her many surgeries, is an inspiration to her family. She is among the more than 26 million Americans affected by kidney disease -- most diagnosed in late stage because they don't have symptoms. Kidney disease is a silent killer that causes more deaths each year than breast cancer, leukemia or HIV.
Megan’s repeated surgeries will buy time until she eventually needs a transplant. Her family has formed a team for the 2012 NYC Kidney Walk to support her and other families like theirs, and to raise awareness of the disease.
For more information, call the National Kidney Foundation of Greater New York at 212-889-2210 ext. 203 or visit www.kidneywalk.org.