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In January of 2011 at just 25 years old, Kidney March 2012 Alumni, Kate was diagnosed with IGA Nephropathy. The diagnosis arrived after fourteen long months of experiencing severe headaches and sensitivity to light. Click here to read more.
Mochi is my 6 month old Shiba Inu puppy and he loves to play with my dad’s dialysis line. Every evening, Mochi calmly waits for “bubbles time” in the hallway as my dad sets up the bags and the cycler. When the first drain begins, Mochi completely lights up! Click here to read more.
Source: Avenue Magazine – Published Nov 1st, 2012 by Robyn Burnett
While Lauren Herschel’s day job as an ecommunications advisor has her managing online activities and social media for Bridgewater Bank, she is also a modern-day pioneer. In June 2011, she anonymously donated her left kidney, starting a paired donation chain that has resulted in four transplants.
Herschel’s curiosity in organ donation was sparked when a friend posted on Facebook that she was donating part of her liver to her father. After her own dad passed away due to cancer, Herschel started doing some research. She contacted the Kidney Foundation and was directed to Foothills Medical Centre and the Southern Alberta Transplant Program. “I had an ‘a-ha!’ moment. If I was healthy enough to donate, I could give somebody time with their family that they wouldn’t normally have,” Herschel says. Click here to read more.
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.”
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
The ranks of Kidney March are a varied sort. We have the rugged individualists, marching for the cause, eschewing human contact as they strive for their personal bests. We have social butterflies, making new acquaintances with every step and stretch. We have those who stroll, curiously taking in every leaf, bird, and cow on the road.
But, however powerful our marchers are alone, teams are where it’s at. Here are a few reasons why you should turn Kidney Marching into a team sport:
You’ll be reminded of the “why.” Why the heck would I walk 100 kilometres in 3 days? Why did I sign up for this? When your brain starts heading down that treacherous path, your teammates will be there to get your mind back in the fight, back on those you love (like the “Nephrodisiacs“, or “In Memory of Nash“), back to those who make this commitment every year (like the Kidney Sisters), and back on track.
While waiting for an appointment with her transplant co-ordinator last year, Jody Horvath took the unusual tack of naming her kidneys Earl and Pearl.
“A friend and I were texting each other when she suggested I give them names,” the vivacious 24-year-old says with a laugh. So, in homage to that Dixie Chicks song of a few years back, she named one Earl and the other Pearl, knowing that by year’s end, Earl would be long gone.