Vernon Kidney Walk coordinator Eva Cassidy doesn’t have anyone in her immediate family with kidney disease, but she wants to do everything she can to promote organ donor awareness.
“We had a close friend who donated a kidney to his son. We know how important it is. I think this is something that everyone will be touched by in some way. I know there are people living with kidney disease locally and spending a lot of time on dialysis,” she said.
There are presently more than 430 British Columbians waiting for an organ transplant and most of these are waiting for a kidney.
“I wanted to be involved,” said Cassidy. “I’m signed up to be an organ donor and I think everyone should be. About 85 per cent of people are in favour of organ donation but only 17 per cent actually sign up. We are working with the B.C. Transplant Society to close that gap.”
Cassidy said it’s easy to sign up online at www.kidney.bc.ca. All it takes is a B.C. care card number and a few minutes.
The fourth annual Vernon Kidney Walk to help promote organ donor awareness and raise funds for the 240,000 British Columbians who have kidney disease or are at risk for the disease takes place Aug. 19 at Polson Park.
Registration is by donation and starts at 9 a.m. with the walk at starting at 10 a.m.
The 2.5-kilometre walk or 5-K run is around the Polson oval, or people can walk the distance that is comfortable for them.
The Kalamalka Highlanders will be there to start the walk off and there will be warm-up activities, including a Tae Kwon Do demonstration and fire trucks and firefighters.
For pre-registration or more information call 250-545-8081, 1-800-567-8112 (ext. 228), email firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.vernonkidneywalk.ca.