A fitting beneficiary.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE. FOR REAL.

The Kidney March is an event created by The Kidney Foundation of Canada. We are volunteers, staff members, donors, and individuals living with the disease, from all walks of life, all across Canada.

Since its creation in 1964, The Kidney Foundation has helped millions of Canadians suffering from kidney failure and related disorders such as hypertension, diabetes, urinary tract infections and kidney stones. Our fundraising campaigns allow us to contribute millions of dollars to research, organ donation and transplant programs, and services for those with chronic kidney disease.

In southern Alberta, The Kidney Foundation has a reputation for making things happen. To truly make a difference, we have to aim high. That is what the Kidney March is all about.

The Kidney March Research Engine.

Where the money goes.

Research and Ye Shall Find. Each year, promising research projects, evaluated through an extensive peer review process and recommended for funding, are left undone. Our goal is for an unprecedented expansion of kidney research in Canada. We are putting the greatest scientific minds in Canada to work, fighting back against this disease.

Astonishing Results. We have awarded a three-year, $235,000 award to new investigator Dr. Susan Samuel, a pediatric nephrologist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, and Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary (signed up for our FINAL 2011 Crew). Dr. Samuel’s research will guide testing of strategies to prevent death and disability (children with kidney disease are 30 times more likely to die than healthy children). One area Dr. Samuel will focus on is why there is such an alarming rise in the number of children and youth with high blood pressure, a major cause of kidney failure in adults.

Astonishing. We will launch a new research initiative in October — awarding $100,000 per year over three years to further the study of hereditary nephritis.