Right now there is no cure to kidney disease, but there is a way to help raise awareness about this serious disease and improve the lives for those living with or affected by kidney disease.
Be the movement and be part of your local Kidney Walk and support adults and children, like Aidyn, who struggle daily with kidney disease.
Five year old Aidyn Delorme was born with kidney disease. He left the hospital with a feeding tube and began peritoneal dialysis at 6 months. Today he visits the hospital 3 times per week to receive hemodialysis. Aidyn’s mother, Danielle Valero, just recently discovered she is a match to donate one of her kidneys to her son.
“I am just going through some of the final tests, so hopefully, before the end of this year, Aidyn will have a new kidney.”
Last year Aidyn and his family were delighted to discover The Kidney Walk.
“Aidyn is very social and loves meeting new people” continues Danielle, “and The Kidney Walk allows him to do just that. We are also able to meet others with kidney disease and see the support and hope raised through The Kidney Walk. It really helped us feel like we were not alone.”
This year Aidyn is both the Provincial Kidney Walk Honouree and Regional Honouree for The Kidney Walk in Vancouver. Through his story Aidyn will help put a face to this disease which is often under-recognized and undetectable in its early stages yet affects 1 in 10 British Columbians.
The Kidney Walks in the Lower Mainland take place throughout August. The first walk is in The Fraser Valley on August 11th at Bear Creek Park. Registration starts at 10:00am and the walk begins at 11:00am.
In addition to the Fraser Valley, 19 other communities around BC are championing Kidney Walks beginning in August and continuing through to October. These great community events feature live entertainment, fundraising bbqs, silent auctions, as well as great prizes and awards and much more. Join Aidyn and his family and thousands of other British Columbians who will walk, run, bike or paddle as part of the kidney movement.
Since 2008 thanks to our Kidney Walk participants and volunteers over $860,000 has been raised to help provide critical programs and services in support of kidney patients and their families. This year our goal is $340,000 but we need your help to ensure this campaign is a success.
We all have the power to do something. Be the movement.
To find out more about The Kidney Walk in your community, to sign up online, fundraise, or volunteer, visit www.kidney.ca/bcwalk. Or contact Barbara Valentine, Special Events Coordinator, BC Branch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-567-8112.