You’re Invited!

Kidney March Celebration & Alumni Reunion

Oct 13, 2017
6:00 PM  Cocktails – 7:00 pm  Presentation

Delta Calgary South 135 Southland Dr SE, Bonavista Ballroom, Tower Building

For all past and future Kidney March family!

This is our time to remember the experiences we shared and celebrate everyone who has made Kidney March incredible over the years – our marchers, crew, volunteers, donors, sponsors, and families!

We are grateful for your dedication to this cause and for doing the most you could possibly do. We know that you dug deep and gave it everything you had.

What can I expect?
Refreshments, door prizes, plus the 2017 video premiere!

What should I wear?
Kidney March clothing or casual

Who can I bring?
We encourage you to bring guests. Invite your supporters, family and friends!


Please RSVP to
carol.rigg-rembish@kidneyfoundation.ab.ca

            403.255.6108 ext 24 | 1.866.956.2724

 

What was lost is now found…

Lost and found from Kidney March 2017. Please check the below list of unmarked “found” items. Pick up your items at your earliest convenience at our office during business hours (Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm | 6007 1A St SW Calgary). We will bring any uncollected items to the Alumni Reunion on Oct 13th, after that they get donated to Kidney Clothes.

• PARA Shower bag, black – contains shower items Etc
• Asics Running shoes – Pink and grey size 7 ½ Women’s 
• Men’s flip flops – size 9 brand Rider, black and grey 
• Paradise Bound hat – black and gold. 
• KT Tape, Pink
• Nightmare Before Christmas T-shirt – light grey 
• Sketchers runners black, grey and white – size 7 
• Laddies XL trailblazer Kidney March jacket. 
• Pure gear power cord for iPhone – black 
• Running room blue and black headband
• Yellow waterbottle – Contigo 
• Red waterbottle – Camelback with white and black stripes.
• Lasenza bra grey and back 
• Running room black gloves 
• Glasses – Visions blue frames with clear arms in a bronze case with leaves on it
• Grey power cord large hospital grade 
• Snowflake necklace – silver

 

Thank you and congratulations Kidney March community!

Thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts Marchers, Crew, sponsors, volunteers, and all of the loved ones who supported our Kidney March journey. Kidney March was designed to bring us together in the fight against kidney disease, and there’s no doubt, it’s done that!

Keep on sharing our inspiring stories of Marchers, Crew and donors on social media. Let’s spread the spirit of love and community far and wide. That’s what Kidney March is all about – keeping kidney disease and organ donation on the map!

Together, we raised $777,239, and donations are still rolling in. Register now for 2018 by clicking here.

It is an honour and a whole lot of fun being in this wonderful Kidney March family. We are truly blessed.

Where can my family cheer for me?

 

 

2017 Route Maps and Cheering Stations.

The experience of a lifetime. Maybe the biggest challenge you’ve ever undertaken. Deserves a lot of celebration.


During Kidney March, safety is our top priority.  But support is also very important to us,  so we want to make sure your family and supporters have an opportunity to cheer you on!  Keeping both needs in mind we have arranged two specific locations each day where friends and family can safely park and greet you.

Day 1
•   7:15 am sharp, Opening Ceremonies in Millarville, Millarville Racetrack
306097 192 Street, Millarville, AB T0L 1K0 

•   10 am – 1 pm, Turner Valley,  Royalite Millennium Park
(approximately 105 Valley Trail NE, Turner Valley, AB T0L 2A0)

Day 2
•   11 am – 2 pm, Kananaskis lunch stop, Kananaskis Info Centre
Elbow Valley Visitors’ Information Centre, 2 AB-66, Bragg Creek, AB T0L 0K0
•   2 pm – 4 pm, Bragg Creek, the intersection at the Shell Station
HWY 22, Bragg Creek, AB T0L 0K0

Day 3 
•  10 am – noon, Spring Bank Community High School and Park for all Seasons
32224A Springbank Rd, Calgary, AB T3Z 2L9
•  2:30 pm, Closing Ceremonies at Canada Olympic Park, Festival Tent **bottom of the hill only**
150 Canada Olympic Rd SW, Calgary, AB


Route Maps

Route maps are for Marchers and Crew only. For safety reasons, we cannot allow spontaneous stops along the route or have family and friends joining the walk. Family and friends are encouraged to join the Marchers and Crew at one of the cheering stations listed above.

Day 1 – September 8,  2017

  

 

Day 2 – September 9,  2017

 

 

Day 3 – September 10,  2017

Landstar Development steps up to sponsor Kidney March finale

Paying it forward for family & community

George Mylonas, President of Calgary’s Landstar Development Corporation, wanted to do more than participate in Kidney March again this year. He decided to ‘kick it up a notch’ by sponsoring Closing Ceremonies – Kidney March’s marquee event for marchers and their families.

Mylonas became the driving force behind “Team Christina” last year when one of his relatives, Voula Douvis-Tzigalanis, whose daughter has kidney disease, had foot surgery and was unable to participate as she had in the past. “I thought it was a shame our family couldn’t participate in something that meant so much to her, and to our whole family,” he says. “Plus it sounded like fun, so I said, ‘Let’s do it.’”

Last year Mylonas surprised himself by surpassing his fundraising goal of $40,000 by 200%. (He was actually finalizing pledges as he was marching.) This year he’s aiming even higher. He insists it doesn’t matter how much money anyone gives, whether it’s $1 or $10,000, the feeling of doing something good to help your neighbour, and your community, is the same. Click here to read more.

2017 Closing Ceremonies YOU’RE INVITED!

 

KIDNEY MARCH CLOSING CEREMONIES
Sponsored by Landstar Development Corporation 

Sunday, September 10, 2017, 2:45 – 4:15 PM
FESTIVAL TENT, CANADA OLYMPIC PARK

Join us for a spectacular grand finale on day 3 with friends and family!
Cheer on the Marchers and Crew as they come down COP hill after completing a bold 100 km journey in support of those living with kidney disease. We look forward to having you celebrate with us!

How to get there and where to park:
Please enter off Trans Canada Highway 1 (16th Avenue SW), follow the road to COP and travel to the west, looping up to the Festival Parking lot behind Canada’s Hall of Fame. See Map Below.  The event will take place in the Festival Tent and along the road in front of the COP hill road toll gates. Please do not drive to the top of COP hill as you will not be able to park or visit your loved ones there. Also, the COP hill road will be closed to any unauthorized vehicles for safety.  

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.
Click here to read more.

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.

Click here to read more.

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.”

Click here to read more.