It’s World Kidney Day. In honour of such, we’re on a mission to stand up and make noise. We hope you will too.
Everyone receiving this has 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.
As many of you know, it’s World Kidney Day today. Today, 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 this year’s 4th Annual Kidney March.
Check out our new Kidney March video. It not only shows what Kidney March is all about, but it demonstrates why Kidney March is vital in its supporting research and programs. We need your help to spread the word! Please feel welcome to SHARE this video freely today!
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.
With Kidney March just around the bend, it’s time to talk specifics. Important specifics. Such as, where to show these remarkable folks some love along the 100K route, loud and proud. We’ve got to tell you, friends of Kidney March, there is nothing quite like seeing some familiar faces a long the way while you are out blazing the kidney trail for days. A pick me up like that is one of the very, very best feelings in the world.
For safety reasons, we cannot allow impromptu stops along the route. So, to keep our Marchers safe and sound, we have set up and designated a few stops throughout the route to accommodate supporters coming out to cheer them on. Below, you’ll find many o’ opportunity to join us, whether it’s for the Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony, on route cheering stops or all of the above (er, below).
1) September 7th @ 6:50am – Opening Ceremonies at Millarville Racetrack
2) September 8th @ 7:30am – Hwy 66 and Powderface Trail Head (Day 2 Starting point)
3) September 8th @ 9:45am – Hwy 66 and Allen Bill Pond picnic Area
4) September 8th @ 1:00pm – Bragg Creek Strip mall by Shell Station
5) September 9th @ 10:00am – Springbank Park School
6) September 9th @ 2:45 pm at Canada Olympic Park Festival Tent – (Closing Ceremonies) to begin approximately 3 pm. Free Parking at COP.
We hope you’ll join us as we bask in the awesomeness that is Kidney March weekend. Homemade signs optional (but always a huge hit).
Now in its 3rd year, Kidney March is really gaining ground (pun intended as this year marks 300 kilometres of ground gained). This year in particular Marchers have been great at getting Kidney March and Kidney Disease in the news. Just last Friday, Global Calgary aired a segment on the impact of Kidney Disease on the person, home hemodialysis, and The Kidney Foundation. Heather, the health reporter, tied it all back to Kidney March as an important fundraiser to help the Foundation continue its work. You can check out the full Global piece here. Feel free to share it with your family and friends to show them why the March is so critical.
If Marchers are the heart of the Kidney March, then the Crew is the soul. There’s no two ways about it, our Crew members make the March….march. Walking one hundred kilometres is an epic adventure, and our hard-working, fun-loving Crew supports the Marchers every single step of the way. Think you have what it takes to join the ranks? Here are a few things you need to know:
1. You’re an ambassador of kidney village. For 3 remarkable days, we all are citizens of a community focused on 2 things: fighting kidney disease…and taking care of our feet. From the start to finish, our Crew is busy making sure the Marchers are getting the R&R they need after a long day on the road. Need help with that tent? Crew is on it. Need directions to the massage tent? No problemo — That’s Crew-covered. Along with everything else, naturally.
2. You’re the chairmen (and women) of cheer. Whether the Marchers are mid-route in the stunning Kananaskis Country or nearing the home stretch towards the end of a 33 kilometre day, cheering is a gift and obligation for our entire Crew. A good cheering squad has been scientifically proven to actually make blisters be-gone and cramps vanish into thin air. It’s that powerful. Click here to read more.
They say “April showers bring May flowers”. But around the excited halls of the Kidney Foundation, we say “April showers bring May…wait, it’s May? That’s 4 months until Kidney March! We need to start training!”
We’re launching a new site! In celebration of such an occasion, we’re going to look back on 2011. For those who took part, enjoy. For those thinking about marching in 2012…click above to register! Click here to read more.