Amherst Kid­ney Walk on Sept. 30 at Dickey Park

Greg Wil­son is hon­ourary chair of Amherst walk

The Amherst News - - COMMUNITY -

Plans are un­der­way for the an­nual Kid­ney Walk in Amherst in Septem­ber. e Kid­ney Walk will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30 at Dickey Park.

Reg­is­tra­tion starts at 1 p.m. with the walk start­ing at 2 p.m. ere will also be a bar­be­cue by do­na­tion and mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment to fol­low.

Kid­ney Walks are the cor­ner­stone of the Kid­ney Foun­da­tion of Canada’s fundrais­ing e orts. Pa­tients, their fam­i­lies and care­givers, along with med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als and the gen­eral pub­lic, get to­gether an­nu­ally to raise aware­ness and much-needed funds for those a ected by kid­ney dis­ease across the coun­try.

With ev­ery step, par­tic­i­pants help sup­port in­no­va­tive re­search and vi­tal pro­grams to im­prove the lives of the one in ten Cana­di­ans liv­ing with kid­ney dis­ease.

“On be­half of the board of di­rec­tors for the Kid­ney Foun­da­tion of Canada, At­lantic Branch, I en­cour­age all res­i­dents of the At­lantic Prov­inces to join a walk in your area, and help sup­port those in our re­gion a ected by kid­ney dis­ease,” said pres­i­dent Tom Meade.

Nova Sco­tians are en­cour­aged to con­nect with the kid­ney com­mu­nity in this prov­ince by cre­at­ing a team, in­clud­ing their fam­ily, friends, co­work­ers, and neigh­bours, reg­is­ter on­line at www. kid­ney­walk.ca and then start fundrais­ing.

Cor­po­rate and in­di­vid­ual reg­is­tra­tions are also most wel­come. Par­tic­i­pants will re­ceive a free Kid­ney Walk T-shirt for col­lect­ing over $100 in pledges, and ev­ery­one who raises $250 will re­ceive a bal­lot for a chance to win an iPad Mini.

Any­one who also reg­is­ters on­line and raises $100 un­til Aug. 25 will be en­tered into a draw for a chance to win a $100 gas or gro­cery gift card.

Nova Sco­tia has some pretty amaz­ing Hon­orary Chairs who have shared their sto­ries in hopes of cre­at­ing more aware­ness about kid­ney dis­ease.

e hon­orary chair of the Kid­ney Walk in Amherst on Septem­ber 30, 017 is Greg Wil­son. Wil­son has been a vol­un­teer with the Amherst Chap­ter of the Kid­ney Foun­da­tion and also the Le­gacy of Life for a num­ber of years.

Wil­son de­vel­oped IGA nephropa­thy, an anti-im­mune dis­ease back in the early 1990s, which led to the loss of his kid­ney func­tion. He be­gan peri­toneal dial­y­sis in the sum­mer of 1994 and soon af­ter two of his sis­ters be­gan tests to see if they would be el­i­gi­ble to do­nate a kid­ney to him.

His youngest sis­ter turned out to be an iden­ti­cal match and on Feb. 23, 1995, eight months af­ter the start of dial­y­sis, Wil­son re­ceived the gift of a new kid­ney from his youngest sis­ter Shari, who lives in Leth­bridge, Al­berta.

Real­iz­ing the enor­mously pos­i­tive im­pact the pre­cious gift of a kid­ney can have on a per­son on dial­y­sis has moved Greg to be a strong ad­vo­cate for or­gan and tis­sue do­na­tion and con­tin­ued fundrais­ing for re­search in the eld of kid­ney health. Much progress has been made over the years in the treat­ment of kid­ney dis­ease, but there is still much more to be done.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the 2017 Kid­ney Walk, visit www. kid­ney­walk.ca or please con­tact Keri MacIvor, de­vel­op­ment co-or­di­na­tor in Nova Sco­tia, by phone at 902.404.8099 or by email at keri. macivor@kid­ney.ca .

Any­one in­ter­est­ing in vol­un­teer­ing with the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tees for either lo­ca­tion is also wel­come to get in touch with Keri.

Greg Wil­son

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