New York, NY May 16, 2019 – The National Kidney Foundation (NKF), the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease, announced today that Rick Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer of Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) and Larry Weiss, President of Atlantic, Tomorrow’s Office, will Co-chair the 2019 New York City Kidney Walk, set to take place on Sunday, November 10th in Foley Square in Lower Manhattan.
The Co-chairs will work with the NKF Serving Greater New York and Connecticut to raise $1.2 million of crucial funds to provide a broad array of programs, resources, and services for patients, those at risk, healthcare professionals and the general public. The Kidney Walk program is the nation’s largest fundraiser to fight kidney disease. Held in nearly 100 communities, more than 85,000 walkers join NKF annually to help kidney patients and their families each year. More than 80 cents of every dollar donated directly supports NKF programs and services.
NKF estimates that as many as 600,000 citizens of New York City are living with undiagnosed chronic kidney disease, which is the gradual loss of kidney function over time that can result in kidney failure. Once a patient reaches kidney failure, dialysis or a kidney transplant are required to maintain life. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), in New York state alone, 9,502 candidates are currently on the waitlist for organ transplants and of that 7,870 people are awaiting a kidney.
“Larry Weiss and Rick Taylor exemplify what it means to be philanthropic leaders and kidney health advocates in our community, and we are thrilled to have them serve as our 2019 New York City Kidney Walk Co-chairs.” said Meg Gilmartin, Executive Director of NKF Serving Greater New York and Connecticut.
“I am proud to serve as Co-chair for the 2019 New York City Kidney Walk,” said Rick Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer of Konica Minolta. “With one in three American adults at risk for kidney disease, my goal as Co-chair is to raise awareness and continue the conversation surrounding kidney health. In this role, I am committed to making 2019 a record-breaking year, raising funds to support the NKF’s lifesaving outreach initiatives and innovative research.”
“At Atlantic, giving back to the communities we serve is part of our corporate DNA,” said Larry Weiss, President of Atlantic, Tomorrow’s Office. “We endeavor to make positive change and have established many community and philanthropic partnerships over the years supporting not-for-profit organizations who make a difference. The NKF is very important to us, and one we are personally involved with to help raise funds and promote the good work of the staff and volunteers. It is imperative that we lead our communities by including kidney health in the larger public health conversation.”
Kidney Walks are nationally presented by Fresenius Medical Care and national multi-market sponsors include Logisticare and Relypsa. The New York City Kidney Walk is locally presented by Atlantic, Tomorrow’s Office and Konica Minolta. To join Larry Weiss and Rick Taylor, register for the New York City Kidney Walk by calling the National Kidney Foundation at 212-889-2210 or sign up online at www.kidneywalk.org.
Kidney Disease Facts
In the United States 30 million adults are estimated to have chronic kidney disease—and most aren’t aware of it. 1 in 3 American adults are at risk for chronic kidney disease. Risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and family history. People of African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian or Pacific Islander descent are at increased risk for developing the disease. African Americans are 3 times more likely than whites, and Hispanics are nearly 1.5 times more likely than non-Hispanics to develop end stage renal disease (kidney failure).
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information about NKF visit www.kidney.org.
About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is reshaping and revolutionizing the Workplace of the Future™ (www.reshapework.com) with its expansive smart office product portfolio from IT Services (All Covered), ECM, Managed Print Services and industrial and commercial print solutions. Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for 12 consecutive years, and is proud to be ranked on the Forbes 2017 America’s Best Employers list. The World Technology Awards recently named the company a finalist in the IT Software category. Konica Minolta, Inc. has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for seven consecutive years. It partners with its clients to give shape to ideas and work to bring value to our society. For more information, please visit: www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
About Atlantic, Tomorrow’s Office
Recognized as one of the largest independently owned Office Technology and Managed Service Providers in the United States, Atlantic, Tomorrow’s Office provides award winning products and services for small and large corporations in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Philadelphia, Lancaster Region, PA, and the Delaware Valley. Atlantic’s comprehensive offerings include managed solutions for Imaging, Documents, IT, Security, Disaster Recovery and Cloud services. Through its strategic Partner Alliance Program, Atlantic partners with leading manufacturers, licencors and suppliers to deliver comprehensive best-in-class solutions that enhance business processes and lower operational costs.