Sunday, May 15, I'm walking for people with kidney disease and to support organ donation!

MONTREAL, May 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Annual Kidney Foundation of Canada's Kidney Walk will take place this year on May 15, in Estrie, Mauricie, Montréal, Outaouais, Québec and Saguenay / Lac-St-Jean, to increase awareness of kidney disease and the need for organ donations.

The Kidney Foundation hopes to attract 1 800 people with the ambitious goal of raising $195 000, giving hope to people in Québec suffering from kidney disease.

"When my 10-year old girl, Pénélope, received her kidney in 2004, we were overjoyed and relieved to be able to see her lead a normal life like other children her age. This is why it is our duty to come together to help people with kidney disease and to make people aware of organ donations," says Louis Charest, The Montreal Kidney Walk Chairman.

Dialysis: an obligation before a kidney transplant

Close to 12 000 people in Québec suffer from end-stage renal disease, the stage where the kidneys only function at 10% of their capacity. During this stage, only dialysis - five hours of treatment three times a week - or a transplant will guarantee survival.

"The increase in cases of hypertension and diabetes, the two main causes of kidney disease, requires The Kidney Foundation to play a more and more important role for people fighting these diseases," explains Martin Munger, the executive director of The Kidney Foundation / Québec Branch.

Since its foundation in 1964, The Kidney Foundation has allocated more than $100 million to kidney disease research, allowing thousands of people living in Québec to see a huge improvement in their quality of life and to maintain hope for a cure.

Kidney transplant: the only hope

On December 31, 2009, 921 people in Québec receiving dialysis were on the waiting list for a kidney transplant; the current average wait time is a little under two years. In the last ten years, 140 people have died waiting for a kidney transplant.

These remarkable numbers clearly show us that meeting the needs of people living in Québec who are waiting for a kidney transplant is more than necessary and vital to improving their quality of life.

It is everyone's duty to help improve the quality of life of people living with kidney disease.

Sign up for The Kidney Foundation's Kidney Walk at www.kidney.ca/kidneywalk. For information call 514-938-4515.

About The Kidney Foundation of Canada

Founded in 1964, The Kidney Foundation of Canada is a national volunteer organization whose objective is to lighten the load of kidney disease on people, their families, and the society in general. Since it started, The Kidney Foundation has financed kidney disease research, offered educative and support programs, facilitated access to quality care, and increased public awareness of how important healthy kidneys are and the need for organ donation

SOURCE KIDNEY FOUNDATION OF CANADA

For further information:

Source: Louise Deguire
Communications Director
The Kidney Foundation - Québec Branch
Tel: 514-938-4515  ex. 225

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