Amherst Kidney Walk on Sept. 30 at Dickey Park
Greg Wilson is honourary chair of Amherst walk
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. firstname.lastname@example.org .
Anyone interesting in volunteering with the organizing committees for either location is also welcome to get in touch with Keri.