Five Globe Education Network (GEN) campuses and the corporate office will participate in the National Kidney Foundation’s (NKF) Twin Cities Kidney Walk on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. at the Thomson Reuters campus in Eagan, Minn.
The Kidney Walk is the nation’s largest walk to fight kidney disease. The event is held in nearly 100 communities, and raises awareness and funds lifesaving programs that educate and support patients, their families and those at risk.
This is the first time GEN is doing the walk as an organization, but Globe University-Moorhead has participated for many years by hosting Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) screenings on campus and taking part in the Fargo Kidney Walk.
“We feel it is an important cause that affects many of our employees and students, and one that needs more awareness in our communities,” says Mindy Myhre, director of community service and charitable giving for Globe Education Network.
One of those employees with a personal connection to the cause is GEN’s COO Jeanne Herrmann. She admits she didn’t know much about kidney disease before her mom was diagnosed with stage 4 liver disease, and after doing some research on the NKF website, she ended up becoming a kidney donor in November 2010.
“If more people understood that being a living donor is as easy as it is, I think more people would do it,” says Herrmann. “On a smaller scale, just participating in a walk or donating can create more awareness about the disease, which can lead to more opportunities to find a cure.”
GEN students are also taking an active role in promoting awareness about kidney disease.
“The National Kidney Foundation felt there would be a good connection to our medical assisting and nursing program students,” says Myhre. “They were excited about our applied learning projects that we encourage in our programs and wanted to be an option for our students to get involved.”
In addition to the campus KEEP screenings, 17 nursing students will volunteer for the NKF at the American Diabetes Association Expo at the Minneapolis Convention Center the day of the walk.
Myhre says the missions of the National Kidney Foundation and Globe Education Network align, making it a natural partnership.
“We both believe in working together to educate our communities and make a difference,” she says.
Visit donate.kidney.org/site/ for more information, to join the GEN Kidney Walk team or to donate.
Update from Mindy Myhre:
In total, $270,000 was raised for vital NKF programs and services on Oct. 11.
In addition, the nursing students who volunteered at the American Diabetes Association Expo was another great display of “We Care” in our community. Read more about their experience.
It was a beautiful day to make a difference. Way to go GEN!