Tour DaVita Raises $900,000 for Bridge of Life—DaVita Medical Missions

  Tour DaVita Raises $900,000 for Bridge of Life—DaVita Medical Missions

 Participants, sponsors, family, friends rallied together to raise funds and
                awareness in the fight against kidney disease

Business Wire

DENVER -- December 01, 2012

DaVita®, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners, Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and a
leading provider of kidney care services announced that its annual charity
bike ride, Tour DaVita®, raised $900,000 to support Bridge of Life—DaVita
Medical Missions^TM in 2012.

The proceeds from Tour DaVita will help fund nine medical missions taking
place in 2013 where Bridge of Life volunteers will be able to install or
repair 112 dialysis machines. Through these missions, Bridge of Life will
bring dialysis treatment to more than 600 people in communities that otherwise
would not have access to this life-sustaining care.

“Tour DaVita participants collectively rode 70,000 miles, which means that for
every four miles a rider completed Bridge of Life can provide a dialysis
treatment to someone at one of our partnering clinics – someone’s loved one
will receive a second chance at life,” said Lori Vaclavik, executive director
for Bridge of Life—DaVita Medical Missions. “We are proud of all the riders
and sponsors who made this gift possible. Because of them, people will live.”

More than 470 participants each pedaled approximately 250 miles over the
course of three days in Iowa Sept. 16-18. The ride kicked off in scenic Wilder
Park in Allison, Iowa, continuing on through the rolling hills of the American
Heartland – all in the effort to raise awareness and funds in the fight
against CKD.

Since it started in 2007, Tour DaVita has helped raise nearly $5 million in
the fight against kidney disease. Participants have collectively ridden
420,000 miles over the years, challenging themselves and their fellow riders
to go as far as possible.

DaVita thanks the sponsors who made this gift of life possible, including ASD
Healthcare, Cigna, Baxter, NxStage, Office Depot, Golden Construction, Henry
Schein, Promotional Images, KPMG, Pentec Health, and Tata Consultancy

Life-saving dialysis is not available in most of the developing world.
Currently there are 112 countries that do not have resources for dialysis or
kidney transplants, which directly results in the death of more than one
million people a year from kidney failure. The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention recognize CKD as a major public health problem that not only
reduces the quality and length of life, but is also expensive to treat.

Bridge of Life—DaVita Medical Missions an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization working to reach people who are disproportionately affected by
CKD and live in developing countries abroad and disadvantaged communities in
the U.S. Kidney disease is reaching epidemic proportions not only in the
United States, but worldwide.

For more information about the 2012 Tour DaVita, please visit

For more information about Bridge of Life—DaVita Medical Missions, please

DaVita and Tour DaVita are registered trademarks of DaVita Inc. All other
trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About DaVita

DaVita is the dialysis division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., a Fortune
500® company that, through its operating divisions, provides a variety of
health care services to patient populations throughout the United States and
abroad. A leading provider of kidney care in the United States, DaVita
delivers dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure and end
stage renal disease. DaVita strives to improve patients’ quality of life by
innovating clinical care, and by offering integrated treatment plans,
personalized care teams and convenient health-management services. As of
September 30, 2012, DaVita operated or provided administrative services at
1,912 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving
approximately 150,000 patients. The company also operated 24 outpatient
dialysis centers located in five countries outside the United States. DaVita
supports numerous programs dedicated to creating positive, sustainable change
in communities around the world. The company’s leadership development
initiatives and social responsibility efforts have been recognized by Fortune,
Modern Healthcare, Newsweek and WorldBlu. For more information, please visit

About Bridge of Life

Bridge of Life – DaVita Medical Missions, originally founded by DaVita, is an
independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help improve
kidney health and save lives by bringing treatment, education, and hope to
underserved communities around the world. As of September 30, 2012, Bridge of
Life has conducted 30 Medical Missions in 8 countries, installed or repaired
161 dialysis machines, trained more than 380 kidney care professionals, and
increased the capacity of clinics to provide an estimated 92,000 treatments to
almost 900 additional individuals per year. For more information about the
organization, please visit


Lauren Moughon, 206-724-3826
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