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Posted: Tuesday, March 3, 2020. 10:22 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The Kidney Association of Belize (KAB) is inviting al Belizeans to support kidney patients around the country by participating in its annual kidney walk fundraiser, set for Saturday, March 7.

The event, being held under the theme “Walking for Health,” kicks off at 5:30 a.m. at the ITVET compound on Freetown Road in Belize City and will head onto Princess Margaret Drive, New town Barracks, Marine Parade, Taiwan Street, North Front Street, Queen Street, Daly Street, Craig Street, Barrack Road, and back to ITVET.

There will be a $1 registration for the event and attendees can also purchase KAB T-shirts at the event for $25. Ana Cortez, administrator of the KAB explained that the event is one of the signature fundraisers of the association that allows it to continue offering support to patients with chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal failure.

“It also helps to support our educational programs so we can sensitize the public about the risks of kidney disease and what they can do to prevent it,” Cortes said.

She noted that the KAB’s grand raffle event will immediately follow the walk, where participants can win the grand prize of $1,500 cash or other prizes such as a round trip ticket to the United States, courtesy various corporate sponsors. Raffle tickets are still available and can be obtained by contacting the KAB at 615-6861.

Two of the leading causes of kidney disease are diabetes and hypertension, both of which have a very high prevalence rate in Belize, according to data from the Ministry of Health. The high prevalence rate of these conditions makes the work of the KAB even more important to the lives of Belizeans and makes the cause one worthy of public support.

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