Residents are invited to join in and support those affected by kidney disease with the annual Kidney Walk on Saturday.
This is the first time in three years the walk will be back in-person and there will be various activities and entertainment for all ages at Henderson Lake where the walk takes place.
The walks are a platform where those affected or impacted by kidney disease can come together in mutual support with loved ones, health professionals and the community.
Kidney disease can affect anyone at any age with 45 per cent of new patients under 65 years of age. Currently, there is no cure for kidney disease, and while a kidney transplant can help give the best quality of life, it is not a cure.
Around 76 per cent of Canadians waiting for an organ transplant or donation are waiting for a kidney. the average wait time for one is around 3 and a half years.
“These past three years have proven that there are no limits to how our community will continue to support one another and this cause. When you participate in Kidney Walk, no matter where you are walking from, you realize you are not alone, and we are all in this fight together,” says Joyce Van Deurzen, Executive Director of the Kidney Foundation of Canada Southern Alberta Branch.
The annual Kidney Walk takes place at Henderson Lake Park on Saturday, June 10th. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with the walk beginning at 10 a.m.