Three hundred kidney marchers and crew wrapped up their 100 km, three-day walk from Millarville through K-Country to Calgary arriving September 11 at Canada Olympic Park (COP). Kidney March is a transformational event designed to raise awareness and funds for kidney disease and organ donation. Marchers and crew descended the hill into the Festival Tent at 3 pm, thereby completing their 100 km journey with Mayor Naheed Nenshi offering his congratulations.
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Joanne Courtney. The name may sound familiar, especially to curling enthusiasts and Alberta residents. Joanne is a competitive curler: she is also a registered hemodialysis nurse in Edmonton. Recently, Joanne was approached to be part of the 2017 Women of Curling Calendar: each of the 12 featured athletes gets to designate a charity that will benefit from the proceeds. She immediately picked The Kidney Foundation of Canada. Click here for more information.
On Sept. 9, Canadian Blood Services (CBS) alongside partners in the Canadian Organ Donation and Transplant Network released a report detailing a decade of information on national organ donation and transplantation. The Organ Donation and Transplantation in Canada: System Progress Report 2006–2015 includes the most current Canadian statistics on deceased and living donation and transplantation performance.
"It is encouraging to see a 23% increase in the number of transplants in Canada and measurable growth in the national deceased donation rate since 2006," said Kidney Foundation National Executive Director Elizabeth Myles.
Media Advisory: Media are invited to the Kidney March Opening Ceremonies on Friday, September 9 at 7 am at the Millarville racetrack, 306097 192 Street, Millarville, Alberta. For more information download the Media Advisory.
The Alport Syndrome Foundation (ASF), Pedersen Family, and The Kidney Foundation of Canada (KFOC) Research Funding Program are pleased to announce that joint funding has been awarded for two new research projects on Alport Syndrome, a rare genetic kidney disease.
SeeKD targeted screening program helps early detection of CKD risk in Canadians
At the first Kidney March in 2010 we told people we wanted to launch a targeted screening & testing program for those most at risk. Thanks to all of our Marchers and their donors for your support in helping to make this important work possible! As Dr. Brenda Hemmelgarn (6 time Kidney Marcher) states in the article, "This targeted screening program was able to identify a high proportion of participants at risk of CKD and a greater proportion of participants with unrecognized chronic kidney disease." Click here to read the story..
The Kidney Foundation of Canada is pleased to announce prolific scientist and renowned transplant researcher Dr. Marie-Josée Hébert of Montreal as the recipient of the 2016 Medal for Research Excellence. Dr. Hébert’s major research focus is related to the pivotal role of renal fibrosis in chronic kidney disease and transplant rejection.