Kidney March needs you! The Kidney Foundation’s National President tells you why.

We’re on a mission to stand up and make noise. We hope you will too.

Most people reading this have been touched by kidney disease in one way or another. If you’re like me, you’re endlessly frustrated by its nature. Debilitating. Incurable. Utterly relentless. To see people I know and love go through the daily reality of this disease is disheartening; but I have hope.

Kidney March began in 2010. We celebrate how far we’ve come in the field of research, we honour those we know and love who are affected by kidney disease and we put faith in a future where it’s no longer a silent killer that currently affects 3 million Canadians. And, most important of all, we do something about it. Something Big.

I’m asking you, to do the most you can possibly do to help plant the boldest flag humanity has ever attempted in the fight against kidney disease and the appeal for organ donation. I’m asking you to join us for Kidney March 2015.

Click here to read more.

Need to Know Info – Day Zero

Lots of folks are asking “what should I expect on Day Zero”, so here’s a brief run down. Day Zero is the spark to your wick… it will ignite your soul and your feet and get you ready for the three days ahead. Please mark your calendars as, in addition to the fun, there’s some business to attend to making it mandatory to attend. So mark September 4th on your calendar.

Date & Location
Thursday, September 4th at the Delta Calgary South (135 Southland Drive SE) – Bonavista Ballroom in the Tower Building.

Mandatory Check-in
At Day Zero you’ll receive your check-in package and proceed through several stations: tent assignment, donation drop off, waiver completion/drop off, and meal plan. Stations can be completed in any order so feel free to start where the line is the shortest. To save time, please fill out your waiver ahead of time: http://kidneymarch.ca/day-zero. Day Zero check-in opens at 2:15pm on Thursday, September 4th.

Mandatory Safety & Orientation Session
All Marchers and Crew must attend a mandatory Safety and Orientation Session. We are offering the sessions at three different times.

Session 1: 3:00pm
Session 2: 5:00pm
Session 3: 7:00pm

Each session is 45 minutes in length. We recommend arriving 30 minutes ahead of time to go through the check-in stations prior to your session. You will need more time if you are turning in donations. Please note, the 7:00pm session is typically the busiest (most people).

Mandatory Crew Meeting – 6:00pm
This is a Mandatory Crew Meeting for all Crew Members. As it is in addition to the Safety and Orientation Session we recommend joining the 2nd or 3rd session. At the Crew meeting you’ll be meeting your Team Leads and fellow Crew Members and preparing to confidently execute a flawless Kidney March.

Hotel
Our Official Kidney March Hotel is the Delta Calgary South. To ensure availability, call and reserve your room at 1-877-278-5050 or connect with them online at: www.deltahotels.com by August 22nd. Don’t forget to mention you’re with Kidney March to receive our special rate.

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Kidney March Patient Program – Pedal Power

Throughout dialysis units across southern Alberta, dialysis patients are participating in their own Kidney March. Challenged to complete 100 kilometres of activity, patients pedal on specialized bikes that are pushed up to the dialysis chair. So far Jake, pictured above, has cycled 500 kms en route to his goal of 800 kms by September 7th. Being active while dialyzing is shown to clear more toxins from the blood and we applaud Jake and all our participants! In addition to getting several other benefits derived from leading a more active lifestyle, these participants are also raising funds for The Kidney Foundation of Canada. Jake is in the top five of our individual fundraisers for Kidney March.

You may have the opportunity to meet some of the Patient Program participants during the closing ceremonies. These individuals are not walking beside you in Kidney March but they are with us every step of the way.

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Kidney March: The 100 day countdown starts today

You may have heard the hoots and hollers coming from the Kidney March office today as registration for Kidney March continues to climb.  Just in time for 100 days to Kidney March, we are so close to welcoming our 200th Marcher.  We cheer loudly for everyone who comes onboard as a Marcher or Crew.  And if you’ve been on the fence about signing up… now’s the time. 

In its 5th year, this grassroots movement encourages you to do the most you can do in the fight against kidney disease. To support that and to celebrate 200 Marchers, we’re giving away  a FREE registration and Kidney March swag pack to the person who registers as the 200th Marcher. As friends, family, medical staff or a person living with kidney disease, Kidney March Marchers march with hearts made heavy from the burden of illness and feet made light with the hope of early diagnosis, better treatment and a cure. Click here to read more.

Kidney March 2014 needs you! The Kidney Foundation’s National President tells you why.

We’re on a mission to stand up and make noise. We hope you will too.

Most people reading this have been touched by kidney disease in one way or another. If you’re like me, you’re endlessly frustrated by its nature. Debilitating. Incurable. Utterly relentless. To see people I know and love go through the daily reality of this disease is disheartening; but I have hope.

Kidney March is in its fifth year. We celebrate how far we’ve come in the field of research, we honour those we know and love who are affected by kidney disease and we put faith in a future where it’s no longer a silent killer that currently affects more than 1 million Canadians. And, most important of all, we do something about it. Something Big.

I’m asking you, to do the most you can possibly do to help plant the boldest flag humanity has ever attempted in the fight against kidney disease and the appeal for organ donation. I’m asking you to join us for the 5th Annual Kidney March.

Click here to read more.

You are just 2 steps away from a free iPad Mini

Step 1 - Register for Kidney March

Step 2 - Recruit a friend or family member to join you on this journey of a lifetime

And viola… Kidney March will thank you with a free iPad Mini*. It’s really that simple.

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and now for the small print:

In honour of The Kidney Foundation of Canada’s 50th anniversary, we are delighted to offer this limited time RECRUITMENT INCENTIVE! Every participant who is registered and recruits a first time Marcher by May 1st, 2014 will receive an iPad Mini! There is limit of one iPad Mini per person.

It’s Expo Time — the Annual Kick-off event for Kidney March!

We are in search of heroes, trailblazers, and people willing to walk on the frontier of heroism. Now in it’s fifth year, Kidney March has laid a solid foundation for putting kidney disease and organ donation on the map in a big way. It’s time for us and for our impassioned community (that means you!) to take this year’s event and push forward full-force in gaining the national awareness that kidney disease and organ donation deserve.

When: Sunday, April 13th, 2014
Where: Delta Calgary South, Bonavista Ballroom, 135 Southland Drive, Calgary

Click here to read more.

Kidney March 2014 needs you! The Kidney Foundation’s National President tells you why.

We’re on a mission to stand up and make noise. We hope you will too.

Most people reading this have been touched by kidney disease in one way or another. If you’re like me, you’re endlessly frustrated by its nature. Debilitating. Incurable. Utterly relentless. To seeing people I know and love go through the daily reality of this disease is disheartening; but I have hope.

Kidney March is in its fifth year. We celebrate how far we’ve come in the field of research, we honour those we know and love who are affected by kidney disease and we put faith in a future where it’s no longer a silent killer that currently affects more than 1 million Canadians. And, most important of all, we do something about it. Something Big.

I’m asking you, to do the most you can possibly do to help plant the boldest flag humanity has ever attempted in the fight against kidney disease and the appeal for organ donation. I’m asking you to join us for the 5th Annual Kidney March.

Click here to read more.

The Marcher – February 2014

Happy Family Day Weekend to our Kidney March Family!

With family and love on the mind this weekend, we wanted to take a moment and talk a little about the love and family we get to see first hand at The Kidney Foundation, and especially during Kidney March.

You can see how we plan to do such, and also find out how to join us by clicking on The Marcher picture below. We hope to see you on the Kidney March trail.


You can view this edition of The Marcher in its entirety here.

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The Marcher – January 2014

 We invite you to make 2014 a game changer with us

We’re on the brink of a monumental year. We can feel it. Wow. We are over halfway through the first month of the new year. NOW is definitely the time to take a quick moment to stop, check ourselves and ensure we are well aligned on the path to a wonderful, incredible 2014. Not there yet? No problem. Refocus, readjust and get going in the direction you know you want to be.

You can view this edition of The Marcher in its entirety here.

Click here to read more.