Monday, July 22, 2013


Be the Movement

FV Kidney Walk August 11

Submitted by Haley Clark, Kidney Fdn.


n Sunday, August 11th 2013, Fraser Valley will be hosting The Kidney Foundationís annual Kidney Walk beginning at 10:00 am at Bear Creek Park.

The Kidney Walk raises funds for critical programs and services for British Columbians affected by kidney disease.  The Kidney Walk also helps raise awareness about the seriousness of this disease and highlights the importance of organ donation.  

Enclosed is the 2013 Kidney Walk information package which provides details about this yearís event and the importance of kidney health. 

On behalf of kidney patients living in the Fraser Valley and across British Columbia, we would appreciate it if you would consider promoting the 2013 Kidney Walk and helping us to raise awareness and education about this serious disease.

Thank you in advance for your support.

If you have any questions, please contact Haley Clarke at The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC Branch T: 604-736-9775 Ext. 222 or 1-800-567-8112 or e-mail here.

About the Kidney Foundation

We exist to help British Columbians understand their risk for kidney disease and offer the necessary support until there is a cure.   The Kidney Foundation of Canada has been helping Canadians since 1964, and in BC alone, we are 7,000 volunteers strong.   We are the organization of choice supporting people affected by kidney disease and the funds we raise provide education and support; increased public awareness of kidney health and organ donation as well as ongoing research that provides hope and an enhanced quality of life for kidney patients. 

Whatís the Kidney Walk campaign?

The annual Kidney Walk raises funds for critical programs and services for British Columbians affected by kidney disease. The Kidney Walk also helps to raise awareness and education about the seriousness of this disease and the importance of organ donation.

Thousands of volunteers and participants in 20 communities across BC during August to October will join the Kidney Walk movement this year.  These great local events feature live entertainment, prizes, fundraising barbeques, silent auctions and much more.  But most importantly, walkers, runners and paddlers alike come out and show their support for kidney patients and their families.

Supporting people with kidney disease: why is it important?

   Kidney disease is a serious disease that has no cure.  

   It is a disease that is both under-recognized and undetectable in its early stages yet has increased at an alarming rate of over 60% within the last 10 years.  

   Kidney disease affects 1 in 10 Canadians.  Over 250,000 British Columbians have chronic kidney disease, and many may not even know it.

   18,000 kidney patients are on dialysis every year, and many spend up to 20 hours a week on dialysis in order to live.   

    Right now, there are approximately 380 kidney patients in BC on the transplant waitlist. Sadly some will die waiting.  

How can you help? 

   Be a Kidney Walk volunteer.  We need volunteers now in communities from Prince George to Comox and everywhere in between to help make this yearís Kidney Walk campaign a success.

   Sponsor the Kidney Walk.  We are asking businesses across BC, big and small, to support The Kidney Walk in their local community and help those living with kidney disease.

Participate in the Kidney Walk.  You can sign up as an individual or be part of a team.  Register now at  Registration is free.


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