Cowichan Kidney Walk set to raise funds, awareness about disease

The Cowichan Valley is one of 25 locations across British Columbia that are hosting a Kidney Walk on Sunday, Aug. 10.

"The Kidney Walks are fun, family events that raise critical funds for programs and services to help British Columbians affected by kidney disease," said Laura Cranfield of the Kidney Foundation of Canada in a news release. "It also raises awareness about the severity of kidney disease, as well as the importance of organ donation."

The walk in Duncan is taking place at the Cowichan Sportsplex with registration starting at 9 a.m. and the walk starting at 10 a.m. "This year is especially important for The Kidney Foundation of Canada, as it marks our 50th Anniversary," said Cranfield. "We are so proud of all that we have accomplished for kidney patients, and hope that this year of Kidney Walks is our most successful to date."

The Kidney Foundation aims to prevent kidney disease or delay its onset. They provide support services for patients who have chronic kidney disease and promote organ donation to increase transplant rates.

One in 10 British Columbians has kidney disease and the rate of those suffering has grown 60 per cent over the last 10 years.

Risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, family history of kidney disease, aboriginal, African, Asian or South Asian ancestry and being over 50 years old.

To help decrease your risk you can stay active, monitor your blood sugar levels, monitor your blood pressure, reduce your salt intake, don’t smoke and refrain from regularly taking ibuprofen. Over 3,000 people rely on kidney dialysis to live. The average wait time for a kidney transplant is five years.

Just Posted

Sarah Simpson
Sarah Simpson column: A shift in perspective can sometimes change everything

Have you even been forced to wake up at 5:30 on a Saturday

Black Press file photo
RCMP seek suspect in Vancouver Island-wide crime spree

Crimes stretched from Deep Bay to Qualicum, Ladysmith, Chemainus and Youbou

North Cowichan’s committee of the whole have rejected staff’s recommendation to limit the use of fireworks to Halloween. (File photo)
North Cowichan rejects limiting fireworks to Halloween

Municipality decides staff recommendation would be unpopular

Things are looking up for Vancouver Island as zero COVID-19 cases have been reported for the first time since October. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Island records zero new COVID-19 cases for the first time since October

For the first time since October, the province is reporting zero new… Continue reading

CVRD Area E director Alison Nicholson, right, hiked two hours to Waterfall Camp at the Fairy Creek watershed along with Comox town councillor Nicole Minion and Comox Valley Regional District director Daniel Arbour to meet with old-growth logging activists on Monday, June 7. (Submitted)
Cowichan Valley regional director visits Fairy Creek protest camps

‘They clearly communicated that they are committed to what they are doing’

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Central Okanagan Grade 12 grads are set to get $500 each after a more than $1 million donation from a Kelowna couple. (File photo)
B.C. couple donating $500 to every Grade 12 student in the Okanagan

Anonymous donors identified as Kelowna entrepreneurs Lance and Tammy Torgerson

Rita Coolidge played the main stage at Vancouver Island Musicfest in 2017. (Black Press file photo)
This year’s Vancouver Island MusicFest to virtually showcase beauty of Comox Valley

Returning July 9 through 11 with more than 25 hours of music performances

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

British Columbia’s premier says he’s received a second dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. (Twitter/John Horgan)
B.C. premier gets 2nd dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

John Horgan shared a photo of himself on social media Friday afternoon holding a completed vaccination card

A lotto Max ticket is shown in Toronto on Monday Feb. 26, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS
No winning ticket sold for Friday’s $70 million Lotto Max jackpot

The huge jackpot has remained unclaimed for several weeks now

Karl and Stephanie Ann Johanson were thrilled to spot a pair of Sandhill Cranes in the Panama Flats this month, an unusual appearance for such birds. (Photo by Stephanie Ann Johanson)
WATCH: Sandhill cranes an unusual, joyful sight in South Island parkland

These birds don’t often touch down on their way between northern B.C. and Mexico

(V.I. Trail/Google Maps)
Now 90% complete, Vancouver Island trail forges new funding parnership

Victoria Foundation takes on Vancouver Island Trail Association; fund valued at $40,000

Most Read