Walk for so­meone you love li­ving with kid­ney di­sease

Tribune Express - - COMMUNITY - DIANE HUN­TER diane.hun­ter@eap.on.ca

This fall, com­mu­ni­ties all across On­ta­rio will join to­ge­ther for The Kid­ney Foun­da­tion of Ca­na­da’s Kid­ney Walk. On Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 4, at the Haw­kes­bu­ry Sports­plex, kid­ney wal­kers will take steps to create a bet­ter fu­ture for those li­ving with, and af­fec­ted by, kid­ney di­sease. There is cur­rent­ly no cure.

Kid­ney di­sease is im­pac­ting com­mu­ni­ties and fa­mi­lies in gro­wing num­bers. Today, one in ten Ca­na­dians has kid­ney di­sease and over 1,000 On­ta­rians are wai­ting for a kid­ney trans­plant. “60 to 70 per cent of kid­ney di­sease is cau­sed by dia­betes,” said Hol­ly Pan­khurst of the Kid­ney Foun­da­tion of Ca­na­da. “High blood pres­sure is ano­ther cause of kid­ney di­sease.”

Ro­ger Paquette from Haw­kes­bu­ry has had kid­ney di­sease for the past th­ree years. Paquette’s kid­ney di­sease came about as a re­sult of dia­betes. He re­ceives dia­ly­sis th­ree times per week and each ses­sion lasts ap­proxi­ma­te­ly four hours. “Pa­tients have to pay for their own tran­spor­ta­tion and par­king,” said Su­zanne La­niel of The Kid­ney Foun­da­tion of Ca­na­da. “The Kid­ney Foun­da­tion helps to pay for things like tran­spor­ta­tion, re­search, peer sup­port, Ch­rist­mas ham­pers and blan­kets. Pa­tients get ve­ry cold du­ring dia­ly­sis and the hospitals don’t sup­ply blan­kets.”

“The walk will help sup­port all of these pro- grams,” said La­niel. “Ro­ger is al­ways hel­ping. He vo­lun­teers 12 months out of the year by doing things like this and sprea­ding the word about kid­ney di­sease. A lot of people ei­ther have kid­ney di­sease or are at risk of get­ting it and don’t know about it. The walk will not on­ly help to raise funds, but it will help to raise awa­re­ness as well.”

The num­ber of Ca­na­dians being trea­ted for kid­ney fai­lure has tri­pled in the last 20 years. “Now, more than ever, there is a need to in­crease awa­re­ness of kid­ney di­sease,” said Greg Rob­bins, Pre­sident of The Kid­ney Foun­da­tion of Ca­na­da, On­ta­rio Branch. “Kid­ney Walks raise funds to sup­port kid­ney di­sease re­search and as­sist those li­ving with kid­ney di­sease when they need it most.”

Kid­ney Walks are the Foun­da­tion’s lar­gest com­mu­ni­ty fun­drai­ser. This year’s goal is $850,000. The events may on­ly last a few hours, but the con­nec­tions and ca­ma­ra­de­rie for those li­ving with kid­ney di­sease who at­tend has a lasting im­pact. “Par­ti­ci­pants tell us time and time again that the event it­self pro­vides such an im­por­tant ve­nue be­cause they see that they are not alone in their ex­pe­rience,” ad­ded Rob­bins.

“Walk for so­meone you love li­ving with kid­ney di­sease,” said Rob­bins. Re­gis­tra­tion for the walk be­gins at 10 a.m. on Oc­to­ber 4 at the Robert Hart­ley Sports Com­plex. The walk be­gins at 11 a.m. More information on the walk, to re­gis­ter for a walk or to do­nate, can be found at www. kid­ney­walk.ca.

Ro­ger Paquette of Haw­kes­bu­ry, along with Su­zanne La­niel and Hol­ly Pan­khurst, rai­sing funds for The Kid­ney Foun­da­tion of Ca­na­da on Sep­tem­ber 23.

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