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.

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Kidney March Expo is just around the bend

Kidney March 2013 is upon us! That means, it’s Expo time. It’s a little taste of adventure and heroism (for our fellow passionate fans of the hardest working organ) to kick off the 2013 Kidney March season.

To our new Marchers (or those thinking about it but leaning a bit towards yes), Welcome. We can’t wait to meet you in person!

And to our returning Alumni, our Kidney March Family. Welcome back. We’re delighted to see you again. And, honored that you have decided to once again step up to the plate and raise the boldest flag humanity has ever seen in the fight against kidney disease and the appeal for organ donation.

For those new to Kidney March and not sure what to expect, the Expo is a can’t miss afternoon chock-full of “how to’s, what now’s, and when should I’s”. Have questions about training? We can help you get ready for this. It’s our specialty. Wondering if you’ll hit your fundraising goals? We’ll turn you into a fundraising machine, we promise. Wondering where you’ll sleep? We’ll introduce you to our 5-star accommodations under the stars.

Expo Details:

Date: Sunday, April 28th, 2013
Where: Fort Calgary
, 750 9th Avenue SE, Calgary, AB
FYI Session – 11:00a-12:00p
Kidney March Expo – 12:00p – 2:00p
Kidney March 5K Training Walk – 2:00p – 3:00p

We can promise you that at both the Expo and at Kidney March, you will be in the company of the most inspiring folks on the planet. These heroes, who all have their very own story of why they are standing up and making noise for Kidney March are the inspiration that fuels Kidney March, the largest walk of it’s kind in Canada. And, we’d love it if you joined us. Feel free to bring a friend (or two). Because the only thing that sweetens the beauty of this journey of a lifetime is sharing it with a loved one. Or a team of loved ones.

Drop in’s for the Expo are very, very welcome but if you could RSVP, we’d sure appreciate it.

W: www.kidneymarch.ca

E: info@kidneymarch.ca

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M: www.meetup.com/kidney-march

Ladies and Gentlemen, the heroes of the 2012 Kidney March….

We’re delighted to share the One Life Video that transpired from this year’s incredible Kidney March. We hope you love it as much as we do. Click here to read more.

Oppa Marcher Style!

Heeeeeeyyyy, Kidney Marchers….

It’s about that time. And, we miss you already. Kidney March 2012 was an ENORMOUS SUCCESS. We Crewed. We Marched. We Conquered. Now, let’s kick back, catch up and celebrate Kidney Marcher Style.

The 3rd Annual Kidney March Alumni Celebration is just around the corner!

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Kidney March is making noise for Kidney Disease…and media is taking notice

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.

Organ Donation- Let’s Talk About it

 

The Kidney Foundation, Southern Alberta Branch, wants to remind Albertans that registering is one step in making your intent to donate your organs and tissues known. However, even with signing the back of your Alberta Health Card, your family/next-of-kin will be asked for consent in the event of your Click here to read more.

Become a Hero In Training

 

 

May 3, 2012

 

Become a Hero In Training

 

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!”

Kidney March certainly isn’t a cake walk. But there’s motivation in our mission. Kidney disease can’t be stopped. People are waiting for transplants. The 100 kilometres and $2,200 we raise is nothing compared to the day-to-day battle of kidney disease.

However, when it comes to training, the brain can play tricks on us. It takes a lot of mental strength to go from the first lonely training walk of the winter months to game time (fighting) shape! But fear not. We, along with the rest of your fellow Kidney March fans, are here to support you with our scheduled training walks. Click here to read more.

Joining us for the Kidney March Expo on Sunday April 22nd? We hope so.

This Sunday, April 22nd marks the third Annual Kidney March Expo — the place to mix and mingle with other Kidney March minded folks all the while, getting great info and tips on training, fundraising, footwear with a healthy dose of inspiration. Top Five Reasons for checking it out??

1. You’ll meet some Kidney Marchers – newbies & alumni as well as the Kidney March Team.

2. You’ll have the chance to ask all of your KM questions.

3. You’ll be able to attend an FYI (For Your Inspiration) Session, which runs from 11a till noon, btw.

4. You’ll be able to enjoy some refreshments and also (possibly) win one of the sweet door prizes.

5. You’ll be able to go on the very first 5k training walk for the 2012 KM season.

We want a future without kidney disease and the only way we know how to make that happen is to continue to grow the Kidney March Movement. So, we do hope you’ll join us. And feel welcome to bring a friend (or two). RSVP to info@kidneymarch.ca.

Happy World Kidney Day!

Did you know that an estimated 2.6 million Canadians have kidney disease, or are at risk? Each day, an average of 16 people are told that their kidneys have failed. Diabetes and high blood pressure are two of the main causes of kidney disease, but there are many other reasons. Check out The Kidney Foundation’s “Kidney Disease: Am I at Risk?” booklet to learn all about what your kidneys do, what puts you at higher risk for developing kidney disease, what the symptoms of kidney disease are, and what you can do to protect your kidneys. To get your free booklet click here!

Calgarian’s wait for kidney highlights shortfall of donors across Canada

By Jamie Komarnicki, Calgary Herald

When Kyshon Jack went for a doctor checkup roughly two years ago, he thought little of the nervous tick that shook his legs from time to time.

But routine blood work delivered some alarming news: the occasional shaking in his legs was actually a sign of kidney failure. By the time the ailment was discovered in January 2010, the Calgary retail manager was in “dire straights” with just eight per cent kidney function remaining.

Within weeks, Jack was on dialysis.
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