South Carolina to Host Seventh Annual Tour DaVita in September
600 Individuals Ride to Raise Awareness of Kidney Disease During Three-Day
DENVER -- August 27, 2013
DaVita®, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and a
leading provider of kidney care services, today announced that the seventh
annual Tour DaVita® – a three-day, 220-mile bike ride to raise awareness and
funds for the fight against kidney disease – will kick off on September 15 at
the Cherokee Youth Sports Complex in Gaffney, S.C.
“We see Tour DaVita as not only a way to celebrate our teammates and the care
they provide patients each day, but also a vehicle to raise awareness of
kidney disease and funds for kidney disease programs,” said DaVita Chief
Wisdom Officer Steve Priest, director of the event. “The ride continues to
grow every year because of our teammates’ and sponsors’ dedication to the
fight against kidney disease.”
Tour DaVita 2013 boasts the highest ever rider participation in the history of
the event with more than 600 DaVita teammates, dialysis patients, physicians,
sponsors, family members and friends of the company taking part. The event has
the following itinerary for 2013:
Sept. 15 – Participants will ride 60 miles from Gaffney to Chester
Sept. 16 – Participants will choose either an 80- or 100-mile route from
Chester to Fountain Inn
Sept. 17 – Participants will ride 60 miles from Fountain Inn to Seneca
Along the way, riders will pass through Brattonsville and McConnells on day
one; Lockhart, Buffalo, West Springs and Enoree on day two; and Piedmont,
Golden Grove, Pelzer and Pendleton on day three.
To participate in Tour DaVita, riders each raise a minimum of $750 to $2,000
in donations and pay their own travel expenses. Their individual fundraising
combined with donations from DaVita and other corporate sponsorship is
expected to contribute more than $700,000 to The Kidney TRUST™, a 501(c)(3)
independent nonprofit organization that seeks to reduce the progression of
chronic kidney disease through no-cost, rapid screening in non-medical
More than 100 Tour DaVita participants have signed up to have their kidneys
screened at no cost by The Kidney TRUST during this year’s event.
Tour DaVita, which is organized by Backroads, the “world’s #1 active travel
company^™”, has previously taken place in Tennessee/Alabama (2007), Wisconsin
(2008), Michigan (2009), Washington State (2010), Connecticut/New
York/Massachusetts (2011) and Iowa (2012).
To date, Tour DaVita has helped raise more than $4 million for nonprofits
dedicated to raising awareness for kidney disease and expanding access to
dialysis care in developing countries. Participants have collectively ridden
more than 433,000 miles over the six years the ride has taken place,
challenging themselves and their fellow riders to go as far as possible.
Corporate sponsors for this year’s Tour DaVita include Amgen, ASD Healthcare,
Baxter International Inc., Golden Construction Development Company, Inc. and
NxStage Medical, Inc.
For more information about the seventh annual Tour DaVita, please visit
tourdavita.org. For more information about The Kidney TRUST, please visit
kidneytrust.org. For more information on Backroads, please visit
DaVita and Tour DaVita are registered trademarks of DaVita HealthCare Partners
Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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 June
30, 2013, DaVita operated or provided administrative services at 2,010
outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately
159,000 patients. The company also operates 48 outpatient dialysis centers
located in ten 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 DaVita.com.
About The Kidney TRUST
Founded in 2006, the Kidney TRUST is a national non-profit organization
dedicated to reducing the human and economic cost of kidney disease. The
Kidney TRUST is focused on increasing awareness of chronic kidney disease
(CKD) through public education and early-detection testing programs so that
progression of CKD to kidney failure can be delayed or prevented. The Kidney
TRUST is also developing innovative solutions to address the critical unmet
needs of people with CKD. Visit www.kidneytrust.org for more information.
Bianca Violante, 303-876-6614
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