Members of a proposed North Okanagan chapter with the Kidney Foundation of B.C.-Yukon include (from left): Bill Grahn, Cheri Faris, Colleen Vandyke, Bonnie Adams, Sid Adams, Corrie Vandyke. Missing are Brian Spence and Jeremy Meller. (Photo submitted)

Group plans North Okanagan chapter of Kidney Foundation

Eight members form group; plan to take part in several North Okanagan events for awareness

Himself a transplant recipient, Sid Adams of Vernon is looking to start a North Okanagan chapter of the Kidney Foundation of B.C.-Yukon.

Adams, who received a new kidney 14 months ago from the daughter of a former work colleague, hosted the first meeting recently at Vernon’s Schubert Centre.

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“We have eight in our group and that includes recipients, donors and spouses and partners,” said Adams. “Following my kidney problems, to get a donor and have a transplant, I feel a $1 million better than I did before.”

The objective of the North Okanagan chapter is to bring awareness of the Kidney Foundation of B.C.-Yukon (which is an umbrella branch of the Kidney Foundation of Canada) to the region and support its functions.

The new group will be involved with a number of events in during the first half of 2019, including the Vernon Wellness Fair March 2 and 3 at the Vernon Recreation Centre, National Organ Donor Week April 18-24 and the Kidney Walk June 2.

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The chapter is open to anyone from all areas of the North Okanagan.

“We have an executive group to put the plans together, we need people to help us carry out and support our activities,” said Adams.

Anyone interested in joining, or who needs more information, can call Adams at 250-309-4663.

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