Two Carroll County residents will help the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland reach new fundraising heights this week when they rappel off a building in downtown Baltimore for the foundation's third annual Rappel for Kidney Health event.

The fundraiser will take place Saturday, June 9, at the 32-story Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.

Jennifer Owens, of Westminster, is a two-time kidney transplant recipient who was first diagnosed at age 11, and has battled kidney problems throughout her life.

"My husband and I have raised funds for the National Kidney Foundation and have participated in walks sponsored by the ... foundation. When my husband heard about (the rappel event), he was ecstatic," she said in a release from Kidney foundation. "The ... foundation has done so much to help improve my quality and quantity of life, we believe it's the least we could do."


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Karen Davis-Harryman, of Manchester, is also a transplant recipient and will take part in the rappel event.

"I have been honored by having been the recipient of two kidney transplants, well as a pancreas transplant in 1992," said Davis-Harryman, who also noted that her sister is currently awaiting a kidney transplant.

"Over these many years, I have watched my own family and friends pass away due to the damages which kidney failure causes," she said. "I have also witnessed the miracles of donor transplants, kidney education, living organ transplants, medical research and the many programs that encompass the National Kidney Foundation activities. It is time to give back."

Adventure seekers and people with connections to kidney disease are invited to participate in the event.

Participants must raise $1,000, and receive a fundraising web page, a rappelling time slot and undergo training on the day of the event before stepping off.

Funds raised through Rappel for Kidney Health support patient services, education and research efforts. The first two Rappel for Kidney Health events drew 135 participants and raised more than $180,000.

To support a participant, receive information about sponsorship or see videos of last year's event, go to http://www.kidneymd.org or call 410-494-8545.