The local kidney community, alongside The Kidney Foundation, is urging Canadians to lace up their sneakers and join the Kidney Walk, a non-competitive walk raising awareness of kidney health and organ donation.
The annual Kidney Walk brings together thousands of participants from coast to coast to support those affected by kidney disease and their families. On average, 1 in 10 Canadians has kidney disease and millions more are at risk. Nearly 10,000 Ontarians depend on life-sustaining dialysis treatments several times a week and many of those waiting for a transplant are in need of a kidney.
“I thought I should be doing something for me and that’s when I joined The Kidney Walk,” says patient and Walker, Ruchi Ambike, “I think it’s a nice bonding experience for the entire family. For my kids, it is important for them to be a part of something that I do.”
Every kilometer counts in the fight against kidney disease. Your participation in the Kidney Walks provides hope for those living with kidney disease when they need it most. A diagnosis of kidney disease is life changing and impacts the entire family. For some, it means losing hours of the week to dialysis, which affects opportunities to work, travel or spend time together.
The Walks are the Foundation’s largest community fundraiser. While the events only a last a few hours, the relationships built within the community for those who attend have a lasting impact. The Foundation’s goal is to support those affected by kidney disease through education, patient support programs like Kidney Connect Peer Support, advocacy efforts, and by funding research to improve the future of kidney care in Canada. Kidney disease is treated with dialysis or a kidney transplant; there is no cure.
Join the North Bay kidney community walk towards a future without kidney disease. For more information, to register, or to donate, please visit www.kidneywalk.ca Help us reach our goal of $750,000 in Ontario.
Sunday September 17, 2017
Lee Park, Kate Pace Way at the corner of Memorial Drive and Judge Avenue
Registration: 9 AM
Walk Start Time: 10 AM