Dialysis Clinic, Inc. and DCI Donor Services Walking Challenge Raises $25,000 for the American Association of Kidney Patients
By: Dialysis Clinic, Inc.
"We were really excited to connect our mission of caring for kidney patients with AAKP's need for resources and a step challenge that allowed employees to be actively engaged in their own health," stated Doug Johnson, MD, Vice-Chairman of DCI.
1,001 DCI and DCI Donor Services employees participated in the Kidney Disease Warriors step challenge, taking a combined total of 8,803,524 steps. The challenge was tracked through the Go365 employee wellness program. DCI agreed to pay $0.003 per step, or $3 per 1,000 steps, up to $25,000.
AAKP President Paul T. Conway stated, "AAKP is deeply appreciative of the genuine empathy and understanding DCI employees have toward the kidney patients and communities they serve and we are grateful to Dialysis Clinic, Inc. and DCI Donor Services for donating the proceeds of their step challenge. Patients and their care teams, united by principle in a common cause, share the title of Kidney Disease Warrior and AAKP is committed to building the capacities necessary to keep the independent voice of patients in every national discussion that might impact health outcomes." Conway has managed kidney disease for over thirty-seven years, including over two years on dialysis and for the past twenty-one years as a transplant recipient.
AAKP, founded in 1969, is the largest and oldest fully independent patient lead advocacy and education organization in America and is governed by a patient-majority Board of Directors. AAKP conducts national education programs designed to better inform kidney patients, care-givers and policy-makers about the true impacts of kidney disease, prevention efforts and treatment methods. AAKP executes a national advocacy strategy in conjunction with allied kidney organizations designed to insert the patient voice into proposed policies, research efforts and care deliberations before the Executive Branch and the U.S. Congress.
DCI, founded in 1971, is the nation's largest non-profit dialysis provider in the U.S. with over 240 dialysis clinics across 28 states and a chronic kidney disease program, REACH Kidney Care, focused on early intervention and care coordination for kidney disease patients. DCI started DCI Donor Services to connect lives through donation and transplantation. DCI Donor Services maintains a tissue bank, eye bank, and organ procurement organizations in Tennessee, California, and New Mexico.