Williams Lake Kidney Walk co-ordinator Tracy Short thanks all of the participants last Sunday for their fundraising contributions and for supporting the Kidney Walk.

Williams Lake Kidney Walk co-ordinator Tracy Short thanks all of the participants last Sunday for their fundraising contributions and for supporting the Kidney Walk.

Kidney Walk raises more than $19,000

The Williams Lake Kidney Walk last Sunday exceeded all expectations, said co-ordinator Tracy Short.

The Williams Lake Kidney Walk last Sunday exceeded all expectations, said co-ordinator Tracy Short.

To date, more than $19,000 was raised for kidney disease research and support, not including the event’s online auction.

“If memory serves me correctly we raised more than $12,000 our first year and more than $9,000 last year,” Short said.

“I’m very impressed with the total this year, but also with how many people attended. The money is great and is distributed to the areas of greatest need in the province, but raising awareness about kidney disease and increasing organ donation registration is very important as well.”

Team Nash, named in recognition of eight-year-old Nash Overton of Williams Lake who has been battling kidney disease since he was two, also helped to bring awareness to the disease.

Short, too, has experienced the effects of kidney disease first hand.

“My mother has been struggling with the same disease Nash has so I’ve found kindred spirits, so to speak, with the Overtons,” she said.

Other teams that participated included Team Foote, Team Royce, The Shorts and a Signal Point Gaming team.

“Though I was the co-ordinator, an event is not successful without the help of volunteers and I was overwhelmed by the amount of people that stepped up to help,” she said. “I know the walk was a huge success.”