Jaime Macdonald

Jaime Macdonald

Kidney Walk raises funds and awareness

The annual Kidney Walk taking place in Williams Lake this Sunday is more than just a walk, says event organizer Jaime Macdonald.

The annual Kidney Walk taking place in Williams Lake this Sunday is more than just a walk, says event organizer Jaime Macdonald.

“We aren’t just walking,” Macdonald says. “We are raising funds for research and awareness about the organ donor program. Some of the funds raised also help to assist people with the cost of treatment and travel for treatment.”

According to the Kidney Foundation of Canada one in 10 people will develop some form of kidney disease.

Macdonald says that some of her own family members have suffered with kidney disease including her grandmother’s sister who had to have one kidney removed when it malfunctioned to the point of life or death.

“Kidney disease doesn’t just affect older people,” Macdonald says. “It affects young people too.”

She points to two-year-old Haley Anna, the Kidney Foundation of Canada’s 2016 poster child, who is waiting for a kidney transplant.

She notes that raising awareness about kidney disease has resulted in a 23 per cent increase in kidney transplants since 2006 according to a recent study released by the foundation.

A kiosk with information about the Kidney Foundation and the organ donor program will be set up at the Williams Lake Kidney Walk taking place in Boitanio Park Sunday, Sept. 25.

Registration for the walk can be done on line or at the walk. To register for the walk go to williamslakewalk@kidney.bc.ca

Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the walk takes place between 10 and 11 a.m. on Sunday.

The walk is two and a half kilometres and will involve about two loops around the park for those wishing to complete the entire walk.

She says there will also be a bouncy castle and face painting set up for the children.

As of Monday she said about 25 people had signed up and were collecting pledges for the walk but she expects many more people will simply register on the day of the walk.

Since 100 Mile House doesn’t have its own Kidney Walk, she says there will be a contingent of supporters coming from that community to participate.

Just Posted

Bella Coola Valley. (Scott Carrier photo)
Nuxalk Nation closes recreation, sports fisheries at Bella Coola due to COVID-19 concerns

Nobody is supposed to be travelling, said marine use manager Peter Siwallace

Michelle Jacobs receives her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Coast Capri Hotel on April 28, 2021. The pop-up clinic was hosted by the First Nations Health Authority. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
126 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health over the weekend

There are 22 individuals hospitalized due to the virus, and 13 in intensive care

A Cariboo Regional District director and School District 27 trustee, Angie Delainey is also a fourth generation business owner in downtown Williams Lake. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Angie Delainey appointed Cariboo Regional District representative on regional board

Delainey and Steve Forseth represent the CRD at the North Central Local Government Association

Pauline Schmutz, 75, receives her COVID-19 vaccine from public health nurse Donna McKenzie on Tuesday, April 13 at the community clinic at Thompson Rivers University Williams Lake campus. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Additional COVID-19 vaccine clinics scheduled for Horsefly, Big Lake

Anyone 18 and over who has not received a vaccine yet is encouraged to register

The Cariboo Regional District. (Angie Mindus photo)
Industrial park slated for Watch Lake Road

Building company Omnitek to start building new plant on 32-acre site

An avalanche near Highway 1 in Glacier National Park. Avalanche Canada will benefit from a $10 million grant from the B.C. government. (Photo by Parks Canada)
Avalanche Canada receives $10-million grant from B.C. government

Long sought-after funds to bolster organization’s important work

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A prowling coyote proved no match for a stray black cat who chased it out of a Port Moody parking lot Friday, May 14. (Twitter/Screen grab)
VIDEO: Little but fierce: Cat spotted chasing off coyote by Port Moody police

The black cat is seen jumping out from under a parked car and running the wild animal out of a vacant lot

The top photo is of a real carbine rifle, while the bottom photo is the airsoft rifle seized from a Kelowna man on May 15. (Contributed)
RCMP issue warning: ‘Imitation firearms need to be dealt with responsibly’

A man brandishing his airsoft rifle in public had his weapon seized by Mounties on Saturday

Abbotsford Regional Hospital. (Black Press Media files)
Canada marks 25,000 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began

6 in every 10,000 Canadians died of COVID-19 since March 9, 2020

Relief is coming for B.C.’s struggling tourism sector. (NEWS file photo)
B.C. officials set to announce more support for tourism sector hit hard by pandemic

Non-essential travel is restricted between three regional zones in B.C. until at least May 24

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Nathalie Emmanuel, left, and Vin Diesel in a scene from “F9.” (Giles Keyte/Universal Pictures via AP)
The blockbuster movie is making a comeback this summer

Excitement in the industry is growing again for a return to a big-screen normal

Sicamous RCMP Sgt. Murray McNeil and Cpl. Wade Fisher present seven-year-old Cody Krabbendam of Ranchero with an award for bravery on July 22, 2020. (Contributed)
7-year old Shuswap boy receives medal of bravery for rescuing child at beach

Last summer Cody Krabbendam jumped into the lake to save another boy from drowning

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry update the province’s COVID-19 vaccine program, May 10, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate stays below 500 a day over weekend

14 more deaths, down to 350 in hospital as of Monday

Most Read