Now in its 3rd year, Kidney March is really gaining ground (pun intended as this year marks 300 kilometres of ground gained). This year in particular Marchers have been great at getting Kidney March and Kidney Disease in the news. Just last Friday, Global Calgary aired a segment on the impact of Kidney Disease on the person, home hemodialysis, and The Kidney Foundation. Heather, the health reporter, tied it all back to Kidney March as an important fundraiser to help the Foundation continue its work. You can check out the full Global piece here. Feel free to share it with your family and friends to show them why the March is so critical.
Dr. Julian Midgley approaches his volunteer work with The Kidney Foundation the same way he approaches everything he cares about. With dedication, integrity and an enthusiasm that is contagious. He joined the Foundation as volunteer immediately upon his arrival in Calgary in 1994. He was the first pediatric nephrologist recruited by the Alberta Children’s Hospital and he was keen to begin developing a complete pediatric program for the Southern Alberta Renal Program which also serves some children and their families in Saskatchewan and BC.
A genuine trail blazer, Julian was among the first to register for the Foundation’s first Kidney March in 2010. He recruited a team of colleagues from the Children’s Hospital to join him and he has been marching ever since. Captaining his KIDney KIDs team for a third year, Julian will be joined by colleagues, past patients, their family members and friends as they march the 100 kilometers from Kananaskis country to Calgary on Sept. 7 – 9, 2012.
“Kidney March is a challenge I enjoy. It‘s truly one of the most powerful experiences I have had with the Foundation. It’s an honour to walk with these amazing people who are so committed to the cause. Together, I know we are making a difference.”
Asked, what advice he would give to those thinking about marching, Julian says, “Just do it! It will be fun and rewarding and something you will never forget. We’re trying to build a pretty big KIDney KIDs team this year and we’d love to have you join us.”