Kidney Stories of Hope 2010

Last March, Kidney Health Month provided a timely opportunity to educate Canadians about kidney disease, its modifiable risk factors, and the importance of financial support for programs and services to help improve the quality of life for current and future patients.

March also proved the right time to encourage the sharing of experiences unique to the kidney community through the Kidney Stories of Hope campaign.  Our judges were moved by the sincere and touching stories so many of you provided.  Thank you all for your efforts. Your community engagement allows The Kidney Foundation of Canada to help improve the lives of all Canadians living with kidney disease.

We are pleased to announce the 2010 stories selected from five different regions – BC, the Prairies, Ontario, Québec and Atlantic Canada.  Each regional submission awardee received a $500 cash prize from The Kidney Foundation of Canada, thanks to an unrestricted grant from Shire Canada. To read the 2010 prized submissions, please click on the links below.  

Our heartfelt thanks to all participants. We encourage all those who have not received prizes to resubmit their entries in 2011… all entries were extremely strong, compelling and appreciated!

Kidney Story of Hope - British Columbia

Elaine Andrews - West Vancouver, BC

One week into her graduating school year, my daughter Tara was diagnosed with End Stage Kidney Disease. The doctor called me directly at work to deliver the news. I’ve never felt in less control of our future than at that moment...

Kidney Story of Hope - Alberta / Saskatchewan / Manitoba
Brenda Delorme - St. Adolphe, MB

I believe my family to be one of the most unique in Manitoba. We are a large family and kidney disease has affected us all in one way or another. I realize that an illness like this will impact the entire family but ours is affected in a more unusual way...


Kidney Story of Hope - Ontario

Debbie Underwood – Zephyr, ON

In 2005, my husband began to experience symptoms (leg swelling, headaches, nausea) all of which he justified as being gout and migraines. In late 2006, after being treated for an infection in his leg, his blood pressure was taken and he was told “You need to see a doctor”...


Kidney Story of Hope - Quebec

Liz MacRae - Notre-Dame de l'Île Perrot, QC

I am so thankful to The Kidney Foundation for their financial help. The Foundation gave us money monthly that went towards rides to dialysis clinics for my mom Edna MacRae. She lived in Brockville, Ontario and although there was a satellite dialysis clinic a few minutes drive from her retirement home, her other health conditions as well as the dialysis made it impossible for her to continue to be dialyzed there...

Kidney Story of Hope - Atlantic Canada
Pamela St. Pierre - North Tetagouche, NB 

I have had my transplant for 36 years. When I went for a medical exam for a job in Montreal, it was discovered that I had extra protein in the urine and I was called at work to go to the Montreal General Hospital immediately for tests. Six weeks later I was told that within 6 months to 6 years, I would require a kidney transplant. I turned 21 while in the hospital...

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