You’re Invited! 2022 Kidney March Celebration and Alumni Reunion


It’s Time to Celebrate Join us for the Kidney March Celebration and Alumni Reunion on Saturday, October 22, 2022! 

  • In person at the Delta Calgary South Hotel: 135 Southland Dr. SE, Calgary. Cocktails at 6:30 pm, program starts at 7:00 pm, and appetizers to follow. RSVP by October 20 to Erin at erin.birbeck@kidney.ca. 
  • Not able to attend in person? Join us online via Zoom for the presentation at 7:00 pm MT RSVP to the Zoom event here

We’re excited to celebrate your accomplishments and everyone who has made Kidney March what it is today. We have a lot to be proud of and much to celebrate! Everyone is invited, all past and present Marchers and Crew, volunteers, donors, sponsors, friends and families, you are our Kidney March family and the kidney community!

Hear special messages from your fellow Kidney Marchers, see who won the top fundraising awards, be the first to see our 2022 video, plus many more surprises!

Now is the time to be a Trailblazer! What is a Trailblazer?
Trailblazers are bold and committed. They take the first steps in the fight against kidney disease and for organ donation by registering before Dec 1, 2022 and pledging to raise $2200 for the 2023 Richardson Wealth Kidney March.  All Trailblazers will receive a special gift in recognition of their commitment, a high-end clothing item, and you wont want to miss it this year!
Register at: https://kidneymarch.ca/

Kidney March 2022 Surpassed Expectations! THANK YOU!

Congratulations and thank you. 

You continued to fight united against kidney disease and for organ donation. Your determination and commitment to making a difference in the lives of kidney patients and their families was heroic. It is because of you Kidney March 2022 exceeded every expectation we had. Thank you!

After two years of marching on our own paths, we came together to share heartfelt highs and lows, laughs and tears, and embrace the incredible feeling of uniting, no matter what. Strangers became friends, and lifelong memories were made, all while making a monumental impact in the lives of those affected by kidney disease.  You blew up social feeds and shared your journey with so many around the world. 

To everyone who participated but was unable to do so in person, we can’t thank you enough for putting your all into Kidney March this year. You are valued members of our Kidney March family and we loved watching your journeys online.

Thanks to you, our marchers, crew, sponsors, donors, and volunteers, we put kidney disease and organ donation on the map in the biggest way possible.

Kidney March 2022 raised over $959,635 – and the donations are still coming in! This year’s fundraising contributes to the over $12 million raised through Kidney March to support all those living with kidney disease, fund life-saving research, and fuel organ donation initiatives and education. We’re closing in on a million dollars and there is still time to help reach our goal, donations are accepted until October 31, 2022. Donate Now

Stay connected on our social pages, @KidneyMarch on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Join the Kidney March Training Walks Group, Kidney March Crew Group, and Strava Club. Tag yourself in our Facebook Albums! We will be uploading more pictures and videos from the weekend there. 

• Save the date for the Kidney March Alumni Reunion on Saturday, October 22, 2022. We will unveil the Kidney March 2022 video and celebrate everyone who made this year outstanding!

Registration is open for the 2023 Richardson Wealth Kidney March, this is going to be a HUGE year. Register before December 1, 2022, to be a Trailblazer! As a Trailblazer, you pave the way for the year to come and you will receive an exclusive Trailblazer item.

Click here to register for Kidney March today & BE A 2023 TRAILBLAZER!

From the Kidney March team and all those living courageously with kidney disease, thank you for being a hero in the face of adversity. Together we are changing lives, and we could not do it without you.

Lost & Found 2022

Lost and found from Kidney March 2022
Please check the below list of items and let us know if you think something may be yours. To claim your lost item contact Tanya Work (587) 328-4821| 1-800-268-1177
admin.sab@kidney.ca

We will bring all unclaimed items to the Alumni Reunion in October.  Any remaining items following the reunion will be donated to Kidney Clothes.

Items that are missing and not yet found:
1) A pair of prescription sunglasses in a Costco case somewhere between closing ceremony tent and luggage pickup

2) Beaded pin lost in Tent City 1 – Kidney March logo. (Lost by Sole Sister & Mister Team member)

Unclaimed found items:

  • Black fanny pack with red lettering (Lean Cuisine)
  • String of little black LED lights
  • Small purple hair brush
  • Black Lulu Gloves, ladies size XS/S
  • Black mitts, with a hole in one finger
  • Black Sunglasses w/polka dot arms
  • (reunited) Black Zip Hoodie w/ Toyota logo, size XL 
  • Black Zip Jacket w/ Karbon logo, size L
  • Grey w/blue knit toque
  • Black Nike Training shoes, size 9.5 (look like women’s, but no label confirming)
  • Dark Grey t-shirt, size 1XL
  • Black w/gold Adidas backpack/bag, full of clothing, personal items, etc.
  • Black Hilfiger Jacket, size Large
  • Small pink princess beanbag pillow
  • Prescription glasses, leopard print
  • Brown sunglasses
  • Grey Sundog sunglasses
  • Black/Red BeCauseYukan backpack (no contents)
  • Purple key
  • Black Contigo s/s mug
  • Black/orange LED Headlamp
  • Beige ‘Welcome’ throw pillow
  • Blue & Red frilly, light up headband (something that cheer crew would have been wearing)
  • Blue ‘Rosie the Riveter’ button up shirt
  • Blue Woods Brand air mattress
  • Black women’s ArcTeryx running Vest (size small)
  • Black ball cap (plain, no logo)
  • Black Kidney March Tuberz
  • Black Sketchers Flip Flops (approx. size 5/6), ladies

The 2022 Kidney March Opening and Closing Ceremonies

You’re invited to join Kidney March participants at their Opening and Closing ceremonies. Come cheer on everyone involved in this incredible event. 

The Opening Ceremony: Friday, September 9, 2022 at 7:00 am
Are you ready to help kick off the adventure of a lifetime? Join us at 7:00 am sharp on Friday.
Where: the Millarville Racetrack: 306097 192 Street, Millarville, AB T0L 1K0.
Please note, vehicles cannot be left at the racetrack after the ceremony ends.  
A Special Thanks to our Opening Ceremony Sponsor, The Lecky Foundation!

 The Closing Ceremony:  Sunday, September 11, at 3:00 pm
Join us for  3:00 pm to cheer on the parade of Marchers and Crew as they complete their final kilometres and walk into the Closing Ceremony at Winsport Canada Olympic Park’s Festival Tent.
Where: COP Festival Tent: 88 Canada Olympic Rd SW, Calgary AB. (See map below for parking)
Not able to attend in person? The Closing Ceremony will be live streamed. Watch the Closing Ceremony live on the home page of KidneyMarch.ca
 A Special Thanks to our Closing Ceremony Sponsor, Richardson Wealth!

For more info on other cheering locations read: 2022 Cheer Stations

Elton John Tribute Concert Live – Aug 23, 7:00 pm MT

Tonight!  You are invited to tune in to the Livestream of the Elton John Tribute concert in support of Kidney March presented by the Manns family from team “Rocket Manns.” Enjoy an evening of live music with Rob Skeet and his Elton John Tribute band. Click the ‘Get Reminder’ and watch it on the Ironwood Stage and Grill page on Facebook. At 7:00pm August 23, 2022.

Where can my supporters cheer for me at Kidney March 2022?

2022  Cheering Stations & Ceremonies

The experience of a lifetime and maybe the biggest challenge you’ve ever undertaken deserves a lot of celebration! 

During Kidney March, safety is our top priority.  Support is also very important to us, so we want to make sure your family and friends have opportunities to cheer you on!  There are specific locations each day where friends and family can safely park and greet you:

Day One

  • 7:00 am sharp, Opening Ceremony at Millarville, Millarville Racetrack: 306097 192 Street, Millarville, AB T0L 1K0 
  • 9:30 am – 1:00 pm, Turner Valley lunch stop,  Royalite Millennium Park: approximately 105 Valley Trail NE, Turner Valley, AB T0L 2A0

Day Two

  • 11:30 am – 2:00 pm, Kananaskis lunch stop, Kananaskis Info Centre Elbow Valley Visitors’ Information Centre: 2 AB-66, Bragg Creek, AB T0L 0K0 (Alberta Parks Kananaskis Conservation Pass Required) 

Day Three 

  • 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Calgary lunch stop, at Peace Park: 8 St SW & 2 Ave SW, Calgary AB
  • 3:00 pm, Marchers and Crew complete their final kilometres and walk into the Closing Ceremony at Winsport Canada Olympic Park, in the Festival Tent, 88 Canada Olympic Rd SW, Calgary AB 
    **bottom of the hill only** 

Please use the designated cheering stations 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 find their Marchers and Crew only at the cheering stations listed.
**Guests or visitors are not permitted at Kidney March Camp**

 

DAY ZERO 2022 – What you need to know

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“What should I expect on Day Zero?”
Here’s a brief run-down. 

Please mark your calendars to attend one of the following mandatory Safety Sessions on Thursday, September 8, 2022. 

Date & Location
Thursday, September 8th at the Delta Calgary South (135 Southland Drive SE) – Bonavista Ballroom in the Tower Building.

Mandatory Check-in
At Day Zero you’ll receive your check-in package with your ID and be able to, check out your tent assignment, drop off any donations, and visit the Kidney March store. 

MARCHER Mandatory Safety Sessions
All Marchers must attend one of the following mandatory Safety Sessions. We are offering three sessions throughout the day at different times.

Session 1: 3:00 pm
Session 2: 4:00 pm
Session 3: 6:00 pm

Each session is 45 minutes in length. We recommend arriving 15 minutes prior to your session to pick up your package. You will need more time if you are turning in donations. Please note, the 6:00 pm session is typically the busiest.

Mandatory Crew Meeting & Safety Session – 5:00 pm
This is a Mandatory Crew Meeting for all Crew Members. At the Crew meeting, you’ll be attending a short safety session and meeting your Team Leads and fellow Crew Members.

 

The Mattamy Homes and Kidney March Connection

Kidney March is honoured to have many remarkable supporters that help champion its growth and success, making it the impactful movement it is today. One of those vital supporters has been Mattamy Homes, sponsoring our cause and community again for their sixth year. 

Mattamy Homes, also plays an active role in volunteering at the march. Many staff have been impacted by kidney disease and some have personally completed the 100KM challenge.

“We focus on giving back to the causes that matter most to our team and Kidney March is one of them. We are thrilled to have increased our donation this year to include The Spa, Finish Line and Tent Cities.”
– Mattamy Homes

At the core of Mattamy’s culture is its value for communities. This dedication to making a positive impact starts with their Founder, Peter Gilgan and flows into the actions of their leadership team and employees. Mattamy Homes’ commitment to Kidney March has had a significant impact on Kidney March exceeding its goals, creating more funding to support vital research and patient needs.  

“It’s been a fantastic experience being involved in Kidney March. To feel like we’re making a difference in people’s lives and the lives of our own employees who have been impacted. It’s an incredible feeling to support such a worthy cause.”
– 
Mattamy Homes

Jon Hislop, New Home Technician for Mattamy Homes in Calgary has marched and volunteered on behalf of Mattamy

“Kidney March is extremely organized, inclusive, and everyone is just happy to be there. I had an opportunity to hand out shirts at the finish line and it was special to be a part of it. You see exhausted yet happy people walking up who feel very proud of what they just accomplished.”
– John Hislop

Hislop is on team Renal Defenders again this year. He is proud to be Marching for his nephew Liam who received a lifesaving transplant and in honour of his Nana who fought kidney disease.

Kidney March and Mattamy Homes have an invaluable partnership.
We are beyond grateful for their involvement and six years of dedicated support. 
Thank You Mattamy Homes

Say hello to Mattamy Homes staff marching and waiting for you at the finish line!

Learn more about Mattamy Homes at  Mattamy Homes’ Calgary Division

The Story Behind the Memorial Hill Banner

At Kidney March, you will cross paths with some of the most incredible people on the planet whose generosity extends far beyond fundraising for our cause. Meet Jimmy Lock and Pierre Lebrun, Creators of the Memorial Hill Banner.

Brought together through a mutual friend, Jimmy and Pierre’s compassion for our Kidney March community is inspirational. 2019 was Jimmy’s first year marching, and he has been a monumental part of our community ever since. Pierre got a glimpse of Kidney March in 2019 as a spectator and volunteer and is now a three-time participant too.

“I came to support my friend at a cheering station and I was amazed. So many participants. I could not believe the commitment of the walkers. I have no personal connection to kidney disease. Just a big heart, wanting to do good for others.”- Pierre Lebrun

When a Kidney March family suffered a tragic loss, Jimmy and Pierre came together with big hearts to show their support by creating a new tradition to honour those we have lost, the Memorial Hill banner. They collected the names of passed loved ones from fellow Marchers and Crew and wrote them on the banner with the intention of displaying it at the top of the route’s steepest climb on day two in 2020.

The banner will finally be displayed on the route for the first time this year. It will be an emotional experience as it waits at the top of the big hill, “Memorial Hill” to commemorate our loved ones.

Pierre and Jimmy want to extend the opportunity for everyone to honour those they’ve lost on the banner. To add a loved one’s name to the banner please contact Pierre directly at, pierrotlebrun1956@gmail.com

Why We March, Meet Andree Fedoruk

Thirteen-time Marcher Andree Fedoruk featured on this year’s poster, gives us a glimpse of the camaraderie and spirit that brings her back to Kidney March every year.

Andree and her husband Steve took a leap of faith and joined Kidney March in its first year. Ready to give back after Steve received a lifesaving transplant in 2001 from his sister, Marilyn, the couple registered to March and Crew and have not missed a year since.

“It’s been unbelievable to see the progression of Kidney March. Growing year after year. We are friends. We are family. The benefits with this community are limitless.” Andree Fedoruk

This year’s poster image represents our community of support and compassion. Andree, on the left side, explains what was happening.

“That was the Sunday leaving camp. Carrie and I were walking out and saw Kristine crying. It’s an emotional day. We put our arms around to support her, console her, reminisced about the weekend, and motivated each other to keep marching on.”  

Andree shared her Kidney March advice, and we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

“It’s not about looking at the finish line. It’s about what happens between the start and finish. Meeting the people, learning their stories, sharing laughs, tears, and being inspired.” 

Look for Andree at this year’s Kidney March and say hello. She can’t wait to create more memories again this year!