Your Support Means the World to Me
I am walking for my Dad and my Sister!
I am taking part in Kidney March - a 3 day, 100 km journey from Kananaskis to Calgary. This is more than just a walk; I am joining with hundreds of others as a united front against kidney disease.
Kidney disease is personal. It affects one in 10 Canadians, yet it is seldom spoken of and often misunderstood. 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.
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. At present, my dad has 12% kidney function. The symptoms he faces on a regular basis include fatigue, extreme itchiness, and feeling cold. He is currently working hard to meet all medical requirements so that he can have a kidney transplant, which will be donated by my older sister as she is a perfect match! My youngest sister, was diagnosed with the same type of kidney disease as my dad when she was just 18 years old.
Kidney failure can be fatal.. There is no cure. Unfortunately, it is a leading cause of death in Canada
On September 8th, 9th and 10th, I am participating in Kidney March along with my sisters (Nancy, Sara, and Naomi) to support those struggling with kidney disease, including my dad and Naomi. It will be a challenge for me. But I am excited for it. After all a chronic illness so encompassing as kidney disease deserves a walk of this magnitude.
I need your help! My goal is to raise a minimum of $2,500.
In supporting me, you are supporting The Kidney Foundation of Canada. Funds raised by Kidney March help the Foundation carry out kidney disease prevention, lifesaving research, and organ donation initiatives. In fact, this year, 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). This research will focus on a number of elements, including changes in care delivery, improvement of treatment therapies, and organ donation. The Kidney Foundation of Canada is proud to have pledged a minimum of $3.35M to make this transformational research project possible – but I need your help. By supporting me, you are a part of this unique, one-time matching opportunity. There has never been a better time to support kidney research in Canada.
Please sponsor me.