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Kidney Walk honourees announced

August 22, 2016 2:51 P.M.

Dorothy Drinnan and Margaret Thompson will be co-honourees at the 2016 Kamloops Kidney Walk, organizers have announced. 

The walk in support of kidney transplantation and organ donation is scheduled for McDonald Park on Sept. 25, with registration beginning at 10 a.m., and the walk starting at 11. 

Each year, organizers of the Kamloops walk honour someone who has been involved in the fight against kidney disease and the promotion of transplants and organ donation. 

Drinnan and Thompson both live in Kam- loops and have undergone kidney transplants. They also have been instrumental in the formation of the Kamloops Kidney Sup- port Group, which 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. 

In the region served by RIH, there are about 1,200 patients with chronic kidney disease; 76 of those are on the transplant waiting list. The Kidney Walk raises funds for programs and services to support those patients. When a transplant comes available, patients must spend at least six weeks in Vancouver. 

To donate to a team or an individual, go to kidneywalkbc.ca.

A silent online auction also 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 11 days.

The auction will be at www.BidAndGiveAuction.ca.

For more information, contact Humphreys at 250-376-6361 or Drinnan at 250-573-2988. 

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