Another FABULOUS Running Room event!

Come and join us at the Running Room – the Glenmore and Westhills locations – on Saturday August 5 between 9:30 am and 6 pm!

Kidney Marchers and Crew can save 25% on runners, clothes and accessories. And 10% off marked down items, electronics and nutrition.

 

Otsuka Carries on Kidney March Day One Lunch Tradition – Employees Make It Personal

For the 3rd year in a row, Otsuka employees are rolling up their sleeves to sponsor the lunch stop on the first day of Kidney March. André Mumme, Otsuka’s Manager of Stakeholder Relations, says supporting events like Kidney March, and having compassion for people they serve, is in their DNA.

“Our customers tell us that they see Otsuka as a different kind of company,” he says. “They know us as a company that walks the talk and genuinely works to make things better for everyone.” André notes the Japanese company with a Canadian headquarters in Montreal is involved in activities that are meaningful for the people who use their products. Otsuka is also the national sponsor for the Kidney Walks Canada-wide.

Christian Girard and Arthur Magnaye both live and work for Otsuka in Alberta. Christian says he has never been more proud to work in the pharmaceutical industry than he has been over the last few years he and Otsuka have been involved in Kidney March – an event he sees as the flagship event on the renal calendar.
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Kidney March community wraps its arms around Ontario family

Why does Michelle MacKinnon fly across Canada every year to walk 100 kilometres over a three day weekend? She needs to do something big. Something really big. In honour of her son David. Because the very day of his kidney transplant, the very morning she was scheduled to give him her left kidney, David had a stroke and died from the complications of kidney disease. He was 18 years old.

It’s been six years since then. And Michelle has been doing the annual Kidney March in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains of Alberta ever since. “Every person at Kidney March understands everything we have gone through – in a way that no one else can,” she says. “The March isn’t going to bring David back. But I do it with my son Andrew to honour David, and every other kidney patient in Canada.” Michelle lives in Niagra Falls, Ontario with her husband Dave, and 23-year-old Andrew. “That first year, I cried and cried, meeting all of those amazing people. It is absolutely beautiful there. Gorgeous scenery. Beautiful people,” she smiles.

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COBS Bread owners say Kidney March family and friends tug at their heartstrings

Owners of COBS Bread bakeries in Shawnessy and Okotoks, Lee and Kelly Hodgins have a passion for giving back to the communities where their stores are.

Lee and Kelly have been supporting Kidney March at their Shawnessy store since being approached by Kidney Marcher Heather Dean, a renal nurse and enthusiastic member of the Pee Pee Dancers team. “A good friend of Kelly’s needed a kidney transplant and a family member also has kidney issues, so it made sense for us to help out the cause,” says Lee. (Note to Kidney Marchers: never be afraid to ask!)

COBS has a corporate “Dough Raiser’s Program” that encourages franchisees to donate 5% of sales to a charity. “But Kelly and I wanted to do more,” says Lee, “So anyone who shops at COBS Shawnessy can ask for a portion of their purchase to go toward Kidney March, and we’ll put 15% of the sale toward the Kidney March Dough Raiser’s account. It’s as simple as that.”

The couple has found there are big benefits to getting involved in their community, and with Kidney March. “People get to know your name and face, and they know you are there to give back. It helps us build real relationships with people so they actually become more than customers, and they continue to come back.”

Lee says that giving out baked goods at the Kidney March finish line in 2016 was especially meaningful. “We are involved in close to 30 events over the summer,” he says, “but the Kidney March experience touched me the most. Just seeing the closeness and sharing the powerful feeling of everyone coming together at the finish line – it tugged at our heartstrings.”

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“Strategic Central” Kidney March hub for fun and food

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Remember that bustling little dining and entertainment tent that has been the hub of Kidney March activity every year? With the help of Strategic Group, that charming tent will be transformed into ‘Strategic Central’ in September 2017.

The Calgary-based company which owns, manages and develops office, retail and apartment properties across Canada, is the latest to step up to support Kidney March and the kidney community to make this transformation happen. Riaz Mamdani, the CEO of Strategic Group, has always placed a high degree of importance on community involvement.

“Businesses don’t operate in a vacuum,” Mr. Mamdani said in a recent interview. “Businesses are part of their community. We have a set of community values (Impact, Pride and Legacy) that are as important to us as our business values.”

Beyond what Mr. Mamdani describes as a social obligation to use our “intellect, muscle and capital to make the world a better place,” he insists on supporting good causes like Kidney March because “being visible in the community helps attract and motivate great people with similar values to work at the company – and that’s really what makes our business succeed.”

Mr. Mamdani is pleased that Kidney March has captured the imagination and passions of people within the organization; several people at Strategic Group have been personally affected by kidney disease and organ donation, including his own family.

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Time to register for Kidney March 2017

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Fellow Kidney Marchers & Crew,
 
It’s time to sign up for Kidney March 2017!

 

The KIDney KIDs team got a head start when I was the first one to sign up in late September! Come on people … the KIDneyKIDS are already a powerhouse team – you don’t want us to get too far ahead of you.
 
If you register before Thursday, December 1, 2016, you will become a 2017 Kidney March Trailblazer. That means you will get super cool vest you can wear at Kidney March. You want that vest … you know you do!!
 
Register by clicking the red button at the top of this page.

Or call the Kidney March hotline at 1.866.9KMARCH
 
I look forward to seeing you at Kidney March 2017!
 
– Dr. Julian Midgley, Chief of Pediatric Nephrology at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, past President of the Kidney Foundation of Canada national board, and a 7 time Kidney Marcher –

Kidney Marcher Manjinder Mann walks 100 K’s in the UK!

You may already be aware that 2015 Kidney Marcher Manny did this year’s Kidney Marchin Manchester, UK this past weekend while the 2016 Marchers and Crew made their way from K-Country to Calgary. Manny completed his SOLO 100 kilometres in TWO DAYS – 60 kilometres on Saturday, and 40 kilometres on Sunday. He was marching for his two-and-a-half year old son Harbin.

Check out his interview with Angela Knight on CBC Radio’s Calgary morning show the Eyeopener. Click play below.

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Co-sponsors for Kidney March … go the extra mile

 

Joanne Drodge and Randy Haatvedt personify what Kidney March is all about. Both Kidney March veterans, Joanne and Randy could write the book about going the extra mile – literally and figuratively.

A retired IT Consultant, Randy donated his kidney to his friend Pat in 2012. A long-time client at Pat’s shoe shine business in downtown Calgary, Randy watched his friend of 20 years working hard every day, even though it was clear Pat was getting progressively worse. Randy did some internet research and without a word to Pat, called Pat’s doctor to see how he could help. Randy had hoped to do the transplant work-up anonymously so as not to get Pat’s hopes up if he wasn’t a match – but protocol would not allow that, and once he told Pat of his intentions, the two friends started “knocking over the obstacles one at a time.” “It was an amazing experience,” Randy says, “From the time I made that first call, I had a good feeling – we both did. In fact, if I had another kidney to give, I’d do it all again.”

Joanne Drodge’s story is similarly remarkable. She first learned about kidney disease when her nephew, Bryan, was born with it. Now 21, Bryan has had two transplants, and is on the list for a third in Halifax. Although Joanne is not a match for her nephew, she’s looking into the paired donor exchange program, and has begun kidney donor testing so that she can donate to someone else. “At my young age,” she says, tongue-in-cheek, “time is ticking, so I need to move now if I am going to do this.” Despite her nephew’s experience, Joanne had no idea until she walked in Kidney March 2015 that kidney disease was so prevalent and devastating. “Awareness is critical when it comes to kidney disease – people need to understand, it could easily be them,” she says. 

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100 ways, 100 days, 100 k’s

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Kidney March is giving away 100 ways to groove in the next 100 days ’til we march 100 k’s in Kidney March

Yes, seriously. We are now in the 100 day countdown. To which I say “there is still time”. Still time to train. Still time to fundraise. And still time to encourage friends and family to sign up. But the time is now!

And yes, seriously. We have 100 give aways to celebrate this awesome milestone in the countdown to Kidney March. As part of Kidney March’s partnership with Universal Music Canada, as the lead charity for their Juno after party, you can win free downloads from the GetMusic store.

Entering is easy… just comment on our 100 ways, 100 days, 100k’s post on facebook, twitter or intsagram. The first 50 people to do so will win 2 pins each. Our Kidney March team will contact you after the contest has closed and provide you with your pins and directions. Downloads are encouraged on a desktop so both Apple and Android users can participate. Then you can take your favourite tunes with you wherever you train for your 100k’s.

No bonus points, but we’d love it if you shared this contest on your favourite social media network. Kidney March is great because of its community, and the community is built by you.

All the best,

Laura

Kidney March Specialist

The Kidney Foundation of Canada, Southern Alberta Branch

6007 1A St SW Calgary AB T2H 0G5

laura.fleming@kidneyfoundation.ab.ca

403-255-6108 ext 34//1-866-9 KMARCH

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Kidney March’s unique packing list

Whether you are a pack in advance or a late into the night before kind of person, here’s a list of items, unique to Kidney March, that you’ll want to remember to throw in your duffle bag. And a quick note about that duffle bag, you will be allowed one gear bag weighing up to 18 kg including the weight of your sleeping bag and sleeping pad or air mattress. Pads and air mattresses should be packed inside or securely fastened to your gear bag. Be sure to pack your clothing and sleeping bag in a plastic bag in case of rain. We recommend a large backpack or duffel bag, not a suitcase. And please attach your luggage tag (that you’ll receive at Day Zero) to the outside of your bag.

The Must Haves:

  • Kidney March T-Shirt

    Go ahead wear it to Opening Ceremonies. You’ll earn another one over the weekend to wear to Closing Ceremonies.

  • Kidney March Name Tag

    You’ll get this on Day Zero. Please wear it. We want to get to know you. Plus there is all kinds of important and helpful information inside your name tag booklet.

  • Running Shoes

    Preferably two pairs of worn-in shoes you have been alternately training in.

  • Water Bottle(s)

    Pack one for water and one for Gatorade to keep you fueled while on the road. There will be Kidney March water bottles available for purchase at the Day Zero Store and at the General Store at camp.

  • Socks

    Lots of moisture wicking socks!

Whatever the Weather:

  • Sunscreen

  • Rain poncho

  • Hat, cap and/or visor

  • Sunglasses

  • Mitts and toque for those chilly mornings

To Keep on Marching and Crewing:

  • Anti-blister aids

  • Petroleum jelly or Body Glide

Then there’s camp:

  • Washcloth, towels and toiletries

  • Sleeping bag

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • Roll or pad for tent floor

  • Pillow

  • Earplugs

And the fun stuff:

  • Camera

  • Greek wear

    Yes, you read that right. Get ready to say OPA at Kidney March’s Greek night. Pack your toga or Laurel Leaf Headband.

  • Costumes, cow bells, funny hats, and noise makers

    Anything really that you can think of to make marching and crewing a blast.