Your Support Means the World to Me
Kidney Disease is on the rise, affecting one in 10 Canadians.
I am walking because my Dad and I are 2 of those people.
13 years ago(in his early 50's) my Dad(Fred) was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease(PKD). At that time he began seeing a Nephrologist and was told his kidneys were functioning at 49%, now they are only functioning at 12%. He continues to see his Nephrologist every 3 months, with monthly blood work. In 2014 they began discussing the his options of transplant vs dialysis. They talked about a live donor, due to eligibility criteria, myself and 3 of my sisters were unable to donate. That left my oldest sister, Cindi. In 2015 Dad and Cindi began many tests, including genetic testing, to see if they were a match. I am very happy to say they are!!! My Dad is now working hard to reach his target weight and keeping a positive mind in order to make this transplant a success.
When I was just 16 years old I started experiencing symptoms of PKD. Seven years ago I was diagnosed with the disease, I was only 18. At that time I started seeing my Nephrologist yearly, my kidneys were functioning at 82%, they have dropped to 67%. I am considered stable at this time and continue to see my Nephrologist every 18 months. This disease usually isn't caught until later in life(like my Dad), I am able to manage the it through medication and diet. Even though I am considered stable at this time, there is still a chance that I will experience kidney failure later in life, also PKD is a hereditary disease and there is a 1 in 4 chance I could pass this on to any children I may have.
Thank you for reading our stories. There is more information about the Kidney March below. Please read it and donate anything you can, every dollar counts!
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. This is more than just a walk; I am joining with hundreds of others as a united front against kidney disease.
Why? Kidney disease is personal. It affects 10% of the population, 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. On average, 15 Canadians are newly diagnosed with kidney failure every day.
Kidney failure can be fatal. Unfortunately, it is a leading cause of death in Canada. There is no cure.
On September 8th, 9th and 10th, I am participating in Kidney March. 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 am training in preparation of marching 100 km. But I need your help. My goal is to raise a minimum of $2,200. Please sponsor me.
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, by being a part of Kidney March I am a part of Canada’s biggest effort to date to improve kidney health and the care of those with chronic kidney disease! How? 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.
Thank you for taking up the torch on behalf of the millions affected or who are at risk. A kidney crisis is looming. The time to make a difference is now. Failure is not an option.