FORT MYERS, Fla. - The NephCure Foundation will be holding Fort Myers’ first NephCure Walk on Saturday, October 2, 2010, at 10 a.m. (9:30 a.m. registration) at Lakes Regional Park, Shelter D-1. NephCure Walks are held around the country to raise awareness and crucial funds for research for the NephCure Foundation.
 
The Fort Myers walk is being sponsored locally by Amy Dosoretz Fox, whose daughter suffers from nephrotic syndrome, one of two diseases NephCure is seeking a cure for. Nephrotic syndrome and Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, or FSGS, affect people’s kidneys and can lead to complete kidney failure. Nephrotic Syndrome occurs when kidney filters malfunction and protein needed by the body is lost through the urine. Swelling occurs in the body, especially around the eyes and limbs and cholesterol soars. Long term Nephrotic Syndrome can cause FSGS, which results in kidney scarring and often leads to kidney failure. When treatment with steroids and other drugs fail, dialysis or transplants are often the last resort for a patient’s hope of survival.
 
With a cure unknown and the number of newly diagnosed children and adults constantly on the rise, the NephCure Foundation is determined to increase public awareness and bring hope to those who are greatly suffering. The NephCure Walk is a fun way for patients, friends and families to come together to raise crucial funds for research and to raise awareness for the NephCure Foundation. In addition to the walk, there will be fun activities for the whole family including bounce houses, a magician, a “critter” show, face painting and more!
Free registration for the walk will begin at 9:30 am and the walk will start at 10:00 am. Lakes Regional Park is located at 7330 Gladiolus Drive in Fort Myers.  Walkers who collect more than $100 will receive a free t-shirt. People can also register or make a donation online at www.thenephcurewalk.org and clicking on Ft. Myers. 
 
For more information about the NephCure Foundation log onto www.nephcure.org or call 1-866-NEPHCURE (1-866-637-4287).