The kidney community and loved ones are uniting in October for the annual Kidney Walk.
It’s a way to support those living with kidney disease in the community. The walk is Oct. 1 at the Guelph Country Club on 133 Woodlawn Rd. E. with registration starting at 9 a.m. and the walk beginning at 10 a.m.
Guelph is one of 28 places in Ontario hosting a Kidney Walk.
“The Kidney Walk is the foundation’s signature fundraising event, last year raising over $735,000,” said Dr. Norman Muirhead, president of The Kidney Foundation’s Ontario branch, said in a press release.
“Kidney Walks are a special opportunity for families and friends to rally in support of their loved ones affected by kidney disease. When our community comes together it is incredibly inspiring. We’re excited to reconnect with our walk community and extend a warm welcome to new participants at this year’s walk,” said Muirhead.
There is no cure for kidney disease and one out of 10 Canadians are impacted by it. It can be treated with dialysis or a kidney transplant. With over 12,000 Canadians in Ontario currently using dialysis as a treatment, many are waiting for a transplant.
Funds raised at the Kidney Walk will support the Kidney Foundation and its mission to help those living with kidney disease.
“From education to peer support; financial assistance to funding research, The Kidney Foundation is here to support all Canadians affected by kidney disease, no matter where they are in their journey,” said Muirhead, in the release.
“We count on, and are truly grateful to, our walk participants and donors to help us achieve these goals,” Muirhead said.