For the first time ever, there will be a Kidney Walk in Fort St. John, the northernmost walk in B.C. Coordinator Sonja Profittlich explains that people with kidney disease in northeast B.C. often have to travel to Vancouver to receive treatment.
According to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, hemodialysis used to treat most cases costs around $60,000 a year. However, the one-time cost of a kidney transplant is $23,000 plus $6,000 a year for medical treatment, meaning a patient could save almost $250,000 over a five-year period if they find a donor. That's why Profittlich says registering to become an organ donor is so important, and one of the focuses of the Kidney Walk.
Fort St. John's Kidney Walk will take place this Sunday, September 23 leaving from Centennial Park at 11 a.m. with registration at 10 a.m. The goal for the local event is $7,500, but Profittlich says any amount can help the family of someone suffering from kidney disease. Those interested in collecting pledges can download a form here, and there is no registration fee or minimum amount to collect. People can even join in on the walk the day of without collecting pledges. It's all about raising awareness of the disease, and showing support to our neighbours with it.
There will also be a silent auction at the event, including hockey pucks signed by Vancouver Canucks Daniel Sedin and Kevin Bieksa.