Your Support Means the World to Me
I am no athlete, but this September I will be taking on the challenge of walking 100km for a cause that is very close to my heart. I am taking part in Kidney March - a 3 day, 100 km journey from Kananaskis to Calgary. I participated in this event a few years ago, it was not easy by any means, and I know that it is more than just a walk. I hope I can count on your support with a donation to reach my goal. I must raise a minimum of $2200 to participate, and failure is not an option...
Why? Kidney disease is personal for me. My wife, daughter, and son all have a rare genetic kidney disease called Alport Syndrome. People with Alport Syndrome experience progressive loss of kidney function which can vary in severity. My son has unfortunately experienced a more aggressive case of the disease and has already been through many years of dialysis and two kidney transplants in his life.
Kidney disease 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.
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. 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.