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87-year-old Calgary woman steps up to help fellow kidney patients

In the News: Learn more about this year’s Kidney March and meet Sylvia and Kasthon as they gear up to take on their own 100 KM journeys with tremendous support! Check out the Global News story by clicking the image below to view the video. 
Thank you kidney community for stepping up to show our Kidney March spirit!

“Organizers of this year’s Kidney March have had to make some changes because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But as Gil Tucker shows us, they’re getting some great support from a very determined patient.” –  Global News Calgary 

 

Cancelling ‘Not an Option’ for Kidney March 2020
Kidney March is going ahead in an exciting new format for 2020, keeping in theme with their annual motto “Failure is Not an Option.” This will be the 11th year for the three-day, 100-kilometre event held every September in the Calgary area and foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

The true impact of Kidney March, is beyond the numbers, it’s made up of every participant’s powerful story and the incredible impact is has on the lives of Canadians living with Kidney disease.

Meet Marcher Sylvia Shields, an 87-year-old kidney patient from Calgary. This year’s new virtual format will allow her to participate, and she is taking full advantage of it. She will be walking her 100 KM down the halls of her condo building the Aviemore in Calgary, with the help and encouragement of the other condo residents. Specifically, she will be cheered on by her core group of supporters and fellow Kidney Foundation volunteers known as the Aviemore Angels. She plans to walk about 2.6 kilometres per day, “Each floor is about 1.3 kilometres, so if I circle it twice, that will give me the distance I need per day. If it is nice out, and my health allows it, I will walk outside too.” Due to her health conditions, there was no way for her to participate in the outdoor, 3-day, 100 KM event in the past. “This is a wonderful opportunity for me to make a difference,” Sylvia said with excitement in anticipation of the challenge she is about to take on. Sylvia lost one of her kidneys early in her twenties and with only 11% kidney function remaining, she is now facing kidney failure, but Sylvia tells us that will not stop her from participating in Kidney March. “With the support of the Kidney Foundation, I have discovered unlimited resources that have allowed me to maintain a healthier lifestyle. Although we are living through unprecedented times, I am determined to do my part to give back to a foundation that has helped me and millions of Canadians.

What to Expect for Kidney March 2020

We are proud and excited to present our new Kidney March 2020!
Kidney patients need us more now than ever, and we know you will rise to the occasion. Thanks to our amazing, dedicated and passionate community, Kidney March 2020 will be another extraordinary year!  Failure is Not an Option.

How will Kidney March 2020 Look?
This year’s march allows you to participate no matter where you are! Participants will walk from their communities, across Canada and beyond, united by the common purpose to fulfill our Kidney March commitment.  We will make the boldest statement ever in the battle against kidney disease and for organ donation.

Completing the 100 KM:
Part 1 • Marchers will have from August 10th – September 10th to walk and complete 70 KM. By creating a plan, this goal can easily be achieved! For example, you can reach this by walking 2.3 KM per day for 30 days.
Part 2 • On Kidney March weekend, September 11th – 13th Marchers will walk and complete 10 KM per day, for a total of 30 KM.
Marchers will then have reached their 100 KM goal by the final day of Kidney March!

Crew will still be supporting our Marchers in this new format.

Our virtual format will include a mileage tracking app, Opening and Closing Ceremonies and evening activities; like our famous Kidney-O-Kee!
We will provide instructions for the app and an itinerary with all of our weekend activities and online opportunities to connect with each other.

To learn more about what to expect for Kidney March 2020, view our FAQ resource.

Here is a message to you from Laura Fleming, Manager, Kidney March and Signature Events and Heather Dean, Frontline Registered Nurse and 11-time Kidney Marcher.

Have questions?
As always, contact us any time.

Sincerely,
Laura Fleming
Manager, Kidney March & Signature Events
403.255.6108 ext. 34

Help Find the Kidney March 2020 Theme Song!

It’s that time of the year when we need your help to find the perfect Kidney March THEME SONG! We’re looking for a song that captures the essence of Kidney March,something we can rally behind! 
Do you know of a current or classic hit song that is upbeat, inspiring, or speaks to your experiences and the community of Kidney March?
Suggest a song with the title and artist by emailing michelle.hofer@kidney.ca

🎼Enjoy this video of our past songs for inspiration🎤

Announcement: Kidney March 2020

Kidney March family, we care about all of you and we are committed to protecting your health. This pandemic has impacted us all and we will continue to do our part to aid in the global recovery.

We are proud to announce that Kidney March 2020 will continue in a new format, appropriate to these times. This year, Kidney March will mean doing the most you can do in our fight against kidney disease and for organ donation, no matter where we are across the globe.

What does this mean?
Kidney March 2020 is not cancelled
. Our team has been working diligently to bring the Kidney March experience to you. We have creative plans to keep our community connected while continuing to train, fundraise, and support each other. As we work to finalize the details, we want you to keep up the Kidney March spirit!

Kidney March is a family of support and a community that will endure. 2020 will be another incredible Kidney March to remember. Together, we will maintain the essence of Kidney March and the mission of our Marchers and Crew.

With growing economic, psychological, and health-related stresses impacting our kidney community, we need to continue to fundraise now more than ever. People are counting on each of us.

We will have more announcements to come as we finalize this new format. Stay tuned and connect with us anytime. Our team is here to answer your questions.

Special thanks to our sponsors for your continued support. We are so grateful for your belief and confidence in our Kidney March family.

Connect on the Kidney March Training Walks Group. Continue to train and most of all, support each other with positivity and hope. Stay safe and practice physical distancing.

We will be unwavering champions in the fight against kidney disease and for organ donation because Failure is Not an Option.

 

Sincerely,

Joyce Van Deurzen
Executive Director, Southern Alberta and Sask. Branch.

&

Laura Fleming
Manager, Kidney March & Signature Events.

2020 EXPO Online Recap

If you joined us for Expo Online, thank you! Also, thank you to all our great partners who teamed up with us to bring Expo to you. If you missed it or want to share it with your friends and family, we’ve got you covered!

Read below to discover what Expo Online was all about and access all the resources mentioned in our main 2020 Expo video

You can also find all the videos from Expo in our Video Gallery.  After watching these videos, you will have the strategies and inspiration you need for your own Kidney March journey this fall.


Exciting announcements you don’t want to miss…
This year’s fundraising incentive!
Raise $500 between April 5 (today!) and May 11, 2020, and receive a $50 gift card to the Kidney March Store.

Check out our new Kidney March gear and accessories. Start your shopping today at the 2020 Online Store.

Sponsor Discounts!
Kidney March has terrific partners, and we are excited to bring you deals from a variety of businesses to support your Kidney March journey.

  • West Jet – 10% off on eligible flights to and from Calgary during Kidney March*
  • The Delta Calgary South Hotel – Discounted rate of $139 CAD per night.*
  • Gord’s Running Store, Calgary – 20% off your purchase from today until October 13, 2020 (more locations to come)

*For full details on these discounts click http://kidneymarch.ca/news-and-community/

Training
Training tips from Paiwei Wei, Kidney March Photographer and 9-time Ironman.
• Join the Kidney March Training Walks Facebook Group to connect with other Marchers and Crew and share your training experiences with each other.
• Download and follow the 12-week Training Guide (also on p.23 in your Marcher Manuel) to keep you on track.

Tips on Gear
• Gord from Gord’s Running Store explains what you should look for when buying your walking shoes in this informative video. Plus check out his second video on stretching.
• Learn about the famous blister-free socks, coming to us all the way from Australia.
  – ArmaSkin the Anti-Blister Sock
  – ArmaSkin Marcher Testimonial

Be Inspired
• Meet Marcher Michelle MacKinnon & hear “David’s Story”
Your March Funds Amazing Research! Meet Leah Getchell with the Can-SOLVE CKD Network. 

Resources to help reach your fundraising goals
You can also find these fundraising resources under “fundraising”


Kidney March promotional materials

Contact us to talk about materials we can provide you for promoting your March. We have Posters, brochures flyers and some larger display signage that you can borrow.

If you live in Alberta, contact Susan Reghenas (susan.reghenas@kidney.ca) to obtain an AGLC raffle license.

Lastly, don’t forget why we March.
Kidney patients and their families are counting on us, and failure is not an option.

Have questions? Need some help? We are here to support you! Contact Us 

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Kidney March

The Kidney Foundation is seeking input from people with kidney disease and their caregivers to better understand the effects of the pandemic. Please complete this short survey. ca.surveygizmo.com/s3/50078472/Understanding-the-experience-and-impact-of-COV ... See MoreSee Less

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Today we throw back to 2015 where we played our “Fight Song” and helped each other be strong.
We learned to believe in our power to make a big impact on the lives of all those around us living with Kidney disease.
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Your answers will help us to adapt our services and to advocate for government supports or system changes to improve outcomes for those with kidney disease. ca.surveygizmo.com/s3/50078472/Understanding-the-experience-and-impact-of-COV ... See MoreSee Less

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Kidney March

- UPDATE -
For all Kidney Marchers who were doing Kidney Clothes fundraisers:
Kidney Clothes in Calgary is finally opening POD's at reduced hours starting Tuesday July 7. They will accept donations at specific drop off locations (see below). Kidney Clothes will not be doing any residential pickups at this time and are not accepting any donations at the office.
POD staff will weigh the donations and send Kidney Clothes the weight and donor information. You only need to ensure you are clear with the POD worker that it is for Kidney March and provide the following information:

Your Name
Phone number
Kidney March Team name (If applicable)
Email address

The POD is an attended donation station ( a small trailer) where a staff member works and accepts donations. The POD staff will be social distancing so the donor will be asked to leave their items on the ground and the worker will collect them and weigh them. The donor can wait for the amount if they prefer.

The POD Hours & Locations:
• The hours will vary from 10 am - 1 pm and 11 am -2 pm Monday through Sunday.
- Sunridge POD - 2929 Sunridge Way NE (in the parking lot by Lowes).
- East Hills POD - 409 East Hills Blvd SE (SE of the Costco parking lot and Dollarama)
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