Registration Now Open for Freeman March O’ the Kidney Walk

Save the Date for the Walk Benefitting the Freeman Dialysis Patient Assistance Fund

JOPLIN, Mo. – March O’ the Kidney is moving back indoors to Northpark Mall this year, after being held outside during the pandemic in 2021. Mark your calendar for the walk, which will be held from 8:00 am – 11:00 am Saturday, March 12. Registration is now open for teams and individual walkers; participants may also register on event day at 7:00 am.

March O’ the Kidney is a one-mile walk designed to raise awareness about kidney disease while raising funds for the Freeman Dialysis Patient Assistance Fund.

“Patients with chronic kidney disease must go on dialysis, and these lengthy treatments make it difficult for patients to work or enjoy a typical lifestyle,” said Sally Currence, Freeman Development Office Special Events Coordinator. “Many struggle to pay for medical expenses, proper nutrition and transportation costs to special surgical appointments. When you register for the event or donate, you help raise funds to meet the needs of these patients. One hundred percent of funds raised will be used locally for direct patient assistance.”

Kidney disease impacts 37 million people in the United States – or one in seven adults. Sometimes caused by diabetes and high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease damages the kidneys and decreases their ability to remove waste products and excess fluid from the body. For some people, that’s when dialysis is necessary to artificially remove waste products and extra fluid from the blood when the kidneys can no longer do so. Dialysis is a lifesaving treatment as kidney disease increases your risk of having heart and blood vessel disease.

For more information, please contact Sally Currence at 417.347.4624 or by emailing


About Freeman Health System

Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center – the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services – as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. In 2022, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. U.S. News & World Report named Freeman Health System the Best Hospital in Southwest Missouri for 2021. With more than 320 physicians on staff representing more than 90 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services and women’s services. Additionally, Freeman is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in a 70-mile radius. For more information, visit

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