Walk for someone you love living with kidney disease
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.