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Kidney Walk fundraisers stepping up

September 21, 2016 10:21 A.M.

One of the honourees in the Kamloops Kidney Walk is not only a transplant survivor, she’s one of the Top 10 individual fundraisers in a national campaign.

The walk is all set to go at McDonald Park on Sunday.

Registration begins at 10 a.m., with the walk to start at 11. Participants will be able to walk as far as they choose to a maximum of 2.5 km along the Rivers Trail.

The walk is in support of kidney transplantation and organ donation, and is open to all. There is no registration fee and there will be a lunch afterwards — it will be by donation and is to be provided by Cora’s Breakfast and Lunch.

The annual walk is the main fundraiser for the Kidney Foundation and helps to support patient services. That could include financial support to someone having a kidney transplant because he/she would need to live in the Vancouver area for up to eight weeks.

Organizers of the Kamloops Walk also choose each year to honour someone who has been involved in the fight against kidney disease and the promotion of transplants and organ donation.

This year’s honourees are Dorothy Drinnan and Margaret Thompson, both of whom live in Kamloops and have undergone kidney transplants. They have been instrumental in the formation of the Kamloops Kidney Support Group (KKSG), an organization that provides support to those who are dealing with pre- or post-dialysis, pre- or post-transplant, be it as a recipient or a donor . . . or anything in between. 

Kamloops currently ranks fourth in the province on the foundation’s fundraising page. Drinnan is listed as eighth in Canada among individual fundraisers, having brought in $2,316. Linda Bonner-Brown was 11th ($1,397) and Roland (Barrie) Bueckert 18th ($650). Among teams, Jeannette’s Power Chair/Linda’s Team of Memories was 14th, with $1,397.

The KKSG meets on the second Saturday of every month at Romeo’s Kitchen in the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre.

In the region served by RIH, there are about 1,200 patients with chronic kidney disease. Of those, 138 are on dialysis and 75 are on the waiting list for a transplant.

As well, a silent online auction is being held as part of the 2016 Kidney Walk. It will run from Sept. 19 through Sept. 29 with new items appearing throughout the 10 days. Among the items available will be ski passes to Sun Peaks and two nights at Nancy Greene’s Cahilty Hotel and Suites; four 18-hole passes from the Kamloops Golf and Country Club; and a quilt from Katja’s Quilt Shoppe.

The auction will be at www.BidAndGiveAuction.ca

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