On Sunday, June 7, at 11 a.m. (MST), the kidney community across Western Canada will simultaneously “Walk the Block” in their communities to celebrate The Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Walk in a new way.
For nine years, people in Lethbridge and Medicine Hat have been lacing up for Kidney Walk to raise funds and awareness to support the kidney and transplant community. This year, despite the challenging times, participants have stepped up in a way like never before on behalf of kidney patients.
Participants have joined forces with Kidney Walks across Western Canada in an act of solidarity.
“Branches in BC and the Yukon, southern Alberta, northern Alberta and the Territories, and Saskatchewan are coming together for a virtual version of our traditional Kidney Walk celebration,” said Joyce Van Deurzen, Executive Director, for the southern Alberta and Saskatchewan branches. “Kidney patients need us now more than ever. There is no other way.”
Kidney Walk brings together patients, their friends and families, health care workers, researchers, and the public to honour, celebrate and advocate for everyone impacted by kidney disease and organ transplantation. While this year’s Kidney Walk community won’t physically be together, the celebration will go online via Facebook Live and YouTube, which can be watched on http://www.facebook.com/kidneywalkab.
By encouraging people to register for the online event and walk their blocks on Sunday, June 7, participants can still be a part of a virtual community of support and continue to celebrate, while adhering to provincial health directives.
“Kidney Walk is such an important event in my life and my family’s life,” said Kidney Walk Honourary Chair, Elliot Rose. “My journey with kidney disease began when I started university. I’ve been on dialysis and was fortunate to receive a kidney from my uncle who stepped up to be a living donor. Now, I passionately do all I can to support the cause of kidney health. The incredible work The Kidney Foundation does is why I’m so honoured to be taking part.”
“The kidney and transplant community is a strong and resilient group of people and so are their families, friends and supporters,” continued Van Deurzen. “We are looking forward to this year’s virtual Kidney Walk and continuing to make a positive impact on the lives of kidney patients.”
For more information on Kidney Walk, to register or donate, please go to kidneywalk.ca.