Since I was short on vacation time, the Fall and Winter consisted mostly of quick weekend trips. For my second fall weekend getaway, I picked Tampa, Florida. I reached out to two school friends that I knew in Tampa and one of my friends told me she would have a lot of friends and family for her annual Kidney Walk.
Meet Krystle “Kryscendo,” fellow University of Georgia Alum, who found out in 2016 she has Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease. Read about how she found out and some overlooked symptoms here. She participates annually in the Tampa Kidney Walk created by the National Kidney Foundation under her team Renal Royalty.
There are a few ways to participate either by registering with a team and walking and/or by making a monetary donation. More than 80% of proceeds go to:
- Free local screenings throughout the United States for kidney disease risk factors.
- Peer support to connect people with chronic kidney disease and mentors.
- Advocacy efforts to improve the quality of life for kidney patients and reducing transplant waiting times
- NKF Research Grant program, including the Young Investigator Grants program for beginning scientists
- Community-based education on risk factors and the prevention of kidney disease.
- Patient and professional education programs and resources.
I arrived in Tampa on a Saturday morning. Unfortunately, the weather forecast changed within hours of viewing before boarding the flight. What was supposed to be a warm sunny weekend slated to rain and be cold. Knowing this I jumped in my rental car and rushed to Clearwater Beach.
After the beach I had dinner at Crabby’s Dockside by the seaside. I rested that night because I was a little under the weather.
Sunday was the day of the Walk and thankfully the sun came out. We all gathered in team shirts and colors. There were sponsors at the event who had giveaways at their tents. There was fun Zumba to help us warm up. After Zumba and a few photos, we took a nice walk around the Tampa Riverwalk,
After the race, we had brunch at a popular spot, First Watch. Expect a wait on the weekends for Brunch but the food is good and the prices are reasonable.
Later that eve I checked out the Seminole Hard Rock casino which was all smoking so my visit was brief.
For dinner, we went to Shells Seafood in North Tampa, which had some of the best grouper! Side note if you’re from the south and are used to fish camps, to hush puppies and/or having your fish cooked a certain way like salt and pepper, you will be surprised that most of Florida is different and after being told twice that there is salt and pepper on the table, I gave up lol.
Although I didn’t specifically start off traveling to Tampa for a cause, I really enjoyed myself and I am thankful I had the opportunity to participate and support.
To find out how you can participate and donate to this worthy cause visit Krystle’s Walk Page!
What is a favorite cause that you have traveled far and where? Comment below!
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