Grab your walking shoes, put your best foot forward, and help us stomp out kidney disease! Head to Fondren on Saturday, October 1 at 9am to join the Mississippi Kidney Wellness Walk, sponsored by the Mississippi Kidney Foundation and presented by Fresenius Medical Care. Now in its ninth year, this annual event is a non-competitive walk focusing on the education and prevention of kidney disease, as well as organ donor awareness. The walk will begin at the MS Kidney office, located at 3000 Old Canton Road. It will wind through the Fondren Neighborhood and conclude at Fondren Presbyterian Church, located at 3220 Old Canton Road. Registration begins at 8am. Great Harvest Bread will be on hand serving fresh baked bread. St. Dominic’s Care-A-Van will also be on-site offering free blood pressure screenings. For any “weary walkers”, the Fondren Express Trolley will be providing a free ride.

To add a little extra excitement, each walker or team raising $100 or more, will receive the opportunity to participate in the “Helicopter Golf Ball Drop” with a grand prize of $1,000 cash. Around 10:15 a.m., WLBT’s Skycopter 3 will appear in the sky; it will then hover in the air and release the golf balls. The owner of the ball that lands in the hole or closest to the hole will receive $1,000.

For more information, call Gail Sweat, executive director of the Mississippi Kidney Foundation, at (601) 981-3611.