Your Support Means the World to Me
Kidney Disease is on the rise, affecting one in 10 Canadians.
We can make a difference. This is big. I am taking part in Kidney March - a 3 day, 100 km journey from Kananaskis to Calgary.
I have chosen to take part in this challenging event because my Dad has been personally affected by kidney disease. Diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease a few years ago, we did not anticipate how this might impact his life. He is now at a point in his disease that he requires either a transplant or dialysis within the year. Lucky for him, my oldest sister is a suitable live doner; should they both meet the health requirements to carry out the transplant. I am hopeful that he will receive the transplant which will give him a few more years with his children and grandchildren.
Complex in nature, kidneys are two of the hardest working organs in the body. They remove waste and excess water from your body and control mineral and hormone levels. Kidneys are so important that when they aren't functioning properly every aspect of your life is touched. When diagnosed early enough - kidney disease can be slowed. However, because you can lose 80% kidney function without any symptoms, many people don't know they have kidney disease until they are close to kidney failure. Currently, kidney disease is the leading cause of death in Canada, and there is no cure.
Although this event will be challenging for me, it will be rewarding knowing I am helping raise awareness and funds to help support the Kidney Foundation of Canada. This is where you come in! My goal is to raise a minimum of $2,200 prior to the September 8-10 Kidney March. In supporting me you are helping carry out kidney disease prevention, lifesaving research, and organ donation initiatives (like my Dad's!). This year is even more special, because The Kidney Foundation of Canada, in partnership with several organizations, has been named to receive a dollar match of up to $12.5 million through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR). That means your donation will go twice as far!
Thank you for taking the time to read my story and for supporting a cause to dear to my heart.