About 100 participants took part in the 2016 Kamloops Kidney Walk at McDonald Park on Sunday morning.
When all the calculating is done, they will have raised about $14,000 from donations and sponsors. That number doesn’t include money raised through a silent auction at www.BidAndGiveAuction.ca that runs until Sept. 29.
The annual walk is held in support of kidney transplantation and organ do- nation. It is the main fundraiser for the Kidney Foundation and helps to support patient services. For example, a patient who undergoes a kidney transplant will be required to spend up to eight weeks in the Vancouver area. Funds raised through the Kidney Walk are used to help those patients who need it.
This year’s Kamloops Walk honoured two transplant recipients — Dorothy Drinnan and Margaret Thompson. The Kamloops chapter of the Kidney Foundation of Canada (B.C. and Yukon Branch) presented them with plaques in recognition of their “commitment to supporting others dealing with kidney disease and transplantation.” Both women have been instru- mental in the formation of the Kamloops Kidney Support Group.
Organizers also presented Drinnan with a certificate recognizing her as the top fund-raiser in Kamloops. She raised $2,486, pushing her three-year total to almost $7,926.
In the Kamloops area, 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.