This month’s Kidney Walk is meant to raise money and awareness about kidney disease and services for people with it.
Kidney Foundation Timmins-Porcupine vice-president Joanne Hagger-Perritt says the local walk is Sunday, September 25th. It starts at 1:00pm on the Highway 655 side of Gillies Lake.
Hagger-Perritt says awareness is as important as fundraising.
“Kidney disease affects one in ten people in the community,” she states. “So it is really something that we need to be focusing on. Kidney health is something we need to be focusing on.”
Hager-Perritt encourages teams of walkers to do at least one lap around the lake. She has her own team, called “Urine My Way”.
Part of the awareness is kidney transplantation. Hagger-Perritt notes that you can donate a kidney while you’re alive.
“Live donors make wonderful donors. You don’t have to be related to the person that you’re giving a kidney to. It’s something that any person in the community could.”
Hager-Perritt encourages teams of walkers to do at least one lap around the lake on the 25th. She has her own team, called “Urine My Way”.