Congressman Bill Posey Help Launches 5th Annual ‘Foot Prints in the Sand’ Kidney Walk Today

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activities begin at 8 a.m.

ABOVE VIDEO: Interviews with a few of the people that helped make last year’s 4th Annual Cocoa Beach “Foot Prints in the Sand” Kidney Beach Walk possible. (SpaceCoastDaily Video)

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – Congressman Bill Posey will help launch the Fifth Annual Cocoa Beach “Foot Prints in the Sand” Kidney Walk as a tribute to organ donation at the Cocoa Beach Pier in Cocoa Beach, Florida on Saturday, May 7.

The day’s activities will begin at 8 a.m. with a “Circle of Life” paddle-out in honor of Jessica Harder of Cocoa Beach who suffered from chronic kidney disease and sadly passed away last year.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to take a free on-site A1C test to determine one’s blood sugar and the onset of diabetes.

A warm-up Zumba class on the beach will also take place, followed by the 5K “Footprints in the Sand” non-competitive kidney walk at 10 a.m. and the “Sand Castles of Hope” contest at 11 a.m.

“The event is more than just people helping people. It is about people healing people. While funding for kidney disease research, treatments, and medication certainly help, what patients really need are donors,” said Bill Hahn, Walk Co-Founder and Chair.

Bill Posey

Bill Posey

“It’s an honor to once again take part in this year’s Cocoa Beach Kidney Walk and remember Jessica Harder who dedicated life to raising awareness about kidney disease and advocating for patients,” said Congressman Posey, a member of the Congressional Kidney Caucus.

“Kidney disease is common and treatable, but early detection is the key. It effects so many – nearly 1 in 3 adults are at risk of developing kidney disease and nearly 26 million Americans have it – many don’t even know it.”

Congressman Bill Posey will help launch the Fifth Annual Cocoa Beach “Foot Prints in the Sand” Kidney Walk as a tribute to organ donation at the Cocoa Beach Pier in Cocoa Beach, Florida on Saturday, May 7. (National Kidney Foundation image)

Congressman Bill Posey will help launch the Fifth Annual Cocoa Beach “Foot Prints in the Sand” Kidney Walk as a tribute to organ donation at the Cocoa Beach Pier in Cocoa Beach, Florida on Saturday, May 7. (National Kidney Foundation image)

• 8 a.m. — “Circle of life” paddle-out in honor of Jessica Harder

• 8:30 a.m. — Check-in/Registration starts; Face painting

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• 9 a.m. — Congressman Posey speaks; award presentations

• 10 a.m. — Walk begins

• 11 a.m. — Sandcastles of Hope Contest

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