STKA Kidney Challenge Walk Set for July 8th!

STKA Committee members (L to R): Lori Dumaine, Treasurer; Gabriella Dumaine, Mitch Stone, Vice-President; Cam Miller, Frank Migliore, Mindy Moore, Sam Pellerito, President.


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UPMC Chautauqua WCA

The Southern Tier Kidney Association (STKA) has announced the details for their 9th annual Kidney Challenge Walk. This fundraising walk will take place on Sunday, July 8th (Registration at 12:30 noon and Walk at 1:30 p.m.) from the St. James Church, which will also serve as the starting and finishing point for the walk.

This year’s event will pay special tribute to transplant patients and donors. The Jamestown area has been very fortunate to have numerous successful transplants. This year, we would like to honor those who have given and received the “gift of life”. Futhermore, the STKA would like to encourage prospective donors to consider helping to bring new life to the many who are on a waiting list.

In addition to the walk which begins at 1:30 p.m., this special event will include a tribute butterfly release (1:15 p.m.), music, picnic lunch, and a basket raffle. The goal of this year’s walk is to raise $15,000 to support the mission of the STKA by enhancing the lives of kidney patients (including those on dialysis) at UPMC Chautauqua WCA, kidney transplant donors and recipients through the WNY Kidney Connection, and to enhance community awareness of kidney disease.

There are many opportunities to participate in this charity event. The STKA would like to encourage individuals, families, co-workers, and friends to register to walk, form a team, make a tax-deductible gift, or sponsor a tribute butterfly on-line at Individuals and businesses are also being asked to consider donating items for the basket auction.

“We are so excited about this year’s walk as we raise awareness of chronic kidney disease and money to help local patients,” said Mitch Stone, Chair of the 2018 STKA Kidney Challenge Walk and kidney transplant recipient. “We also treasure the opportunity to honor individuals, who like myself, have battled kidney disease and enriched the lives of others.”

For more information about the Kidney Challenge Walk, please contact Sam Pellerito (716-485-3901, or Mitch Stone (716-338-6421,