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American Kidney Fund and ACME Partner to Offer Free Kidney Screenings in Philadelphia

Angie Perez

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Nov 7th, 2014

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The American Kidney Fund (AKF), ACME Markets and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) will partner to host six free kidney health screenings throughout the Philadelphia community from Saturday, Nov. 8 – Monday, Nov. 10. The health screenings are free and open to the public and will check for indicators of kidney and heart health, diabetes and other important health measures.

The health screenings are available to anyone 18 and older and do not require pre-registration. Screenings will take place at locations across the Philadelphia area, including The Salvation Army Kroc Center and five ACME stores. Dates and locations are:

  • Saturday, November 8 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at The Salvation Army Kroc Center, located at 4200 Wissahickon Ave., Philadelphia
  • Saturday, November 8 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. at ACME, located at 7010 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia
  • Sunday, November 9 from 12 – 4 p.m. at ACME, located at 121 East City Ave., Bala Cynwyd
  • Sunday, November 9 from 12 – 4 p.m. at ACME, located at 1901 Johnston St., Philadelphia
  • Sunday, November 9 from 12 – 4 p.m. at ACME, located at 5927-59 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia
  • Monday, November 10 from 3 – 6 p.m. at ACME, located at 1400 East Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia

The free health screenings will kick off ASN’s Kidney Week 2014, which begins in Philadelphia on November 11, 2014. Kidney Week is the world’s premier nephrology meeting, where more than 13,000 kidney professionals from around the globe will gather to exchange knowledge, learn the latest scientific and medical advances, and listen to engaging and provocative discussions with leading experts in the field.

“The American Society of Nephrology is honored to partner with the American Kidney Fund and ACME to bring free health screenings to the residents of Philadelphia,” said Sharon Moe, MD, FASN, president of ASN. “The American Kidney Fund’s continuous effort to raise awareness of kidney disease and provide essential health screenings to at-risk communities across the country is critically important as we fight this devastating disease. I encourage Philadelphia-area residents to attend one of the six screenings across the community, get tested and learn how to protect their kidney health.”

Thirty-one million Americans are living with chronic kidney disease (CKD), the nation’s ninth-leading cause of death. In Philadelphia, rates of death from kidney disease are above the national average. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of CKD, but there are other major risk factors including having a family history of the disease, having heart disease, being over age 60, and being of African American, Asian American, Native American or Hispanic ethnicity. Left undiagnosed and untreated, CKD can lead to heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure and death.

“The American Kidney Fund is pleased to host free health screenings in the Philadelphia area where kidney disease is a serious health concern,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of the American Kidney Fund. “Our partnership with the American Society of Nephrology and ACME will help us empower local residents to take proactive steps to protect their health and get tested. Together, we can make a difference in fighting this often-preventable condition in the Philadelphia area.”

CKD, known as a silent killer because it typically has no symptoms until the late stages, is an often-preventable health condition. If an individual has developed early CKD, detection through testing is a key factor in slowing or stopping the progression of the disease. Because prevention and early detection are vital to keeping at-risk individuals in good health, AKF urges individuals to learn if they’re at risk for kidney disease and to spread the word to friends or loved ones who also may be at risk. As part of its prevention initiatives, AKF educates the public about risk factors and offers free kidney health screenings in cities nationwide.

“As part of the Philadelphia community, we believe in providing the best products to our customers, including tools and resources to live a long and healthy life,” said Jim Perkins, president of ACME Markets. “Partnering with the American Kidney Fund presents the unique opportunity to give back to the communities we serve and engage with our customers on a meaningful level by providing them with the knowledge they need to live healthier and prevent kidney disease.”

The American Kidney Fund is dedicated to fighting kidney disease through direct financial support to patients in need, education and prevention efforts. In 2013, AKF provided $5.3 million in treatment-related financial assistance to dialysis patients in the Philadelphia metro area.

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