The Kidney Foundation of Canada Launches First-Ever National Targeted
Screening Program for Chronic Kidney Disease Thanks to the Support of
CN & ABC Recycling
VANCOUVER, April 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's first national targeted
screening program for chronic kidney disease (CKD) was announced today
by The Kidney Foundation of Canada (KFOC). The program, titled See
Kidney Disease or SeeKD, is being made possible by an innovative
funding arrangement with CN that will enable The Kidney Foundation to
fulfill one of its cornerstone mandates: early detection and prevention
of chronic kidney disease (CKD).
The funding for SeeKD will take the form of CN donating out-of-service
railcars to Kidney Metals, an initiative of KFOC, BC Branch in partnership with ABC Recyling Ltd.
CN has pledged $600,000 over a three-year period, which will enable the
SeeKD program to support early identification and prevention of chronic
kidney disease in communities across the country.
CN marked the announcement by presenting The Kidney Foundation of Canada
with a cheque that represents the first year's commitment to the
initiative. "We are delighted to be part of such an innovative program
that will help save so many lives across the country," said Karen
Phillips, vice president public and government affairs.
ABC Recycling, a leading metal recovery and recycling firm, amazed
onlookers at its Burnaby operation when it "sheared" a CN railcar
resulting in 30 tons of metal now destined to improve the health of
Canadians at risk of developing kidney disease. "We are happy to be
able to contribute our recycling expertise to help The Kidney
Foundation save lives," said ABC's CEO, David Yochlowitz. "We are proud
of our involvement in both Kidney Metals and Kidney Car because we know from personal experience just how important kidney
health is. Ten years ago I donated a kidney to my wife."
Chronic kidney disease is defined as the presence of kidney damage, or a
decreased level of kidney function, for a period of three months or
more. As many as 2.6 million Canadians have, or are at risk of
developing, kidney disease and many are not aware of their condition.
SeeKD is targeted at those most at risk of developing chronic kidney
disease such as individuals with diabetes, hypertension, evidence of
vascular disease, a family history of kidney disease and/or who are
over 55 years of age. Certain ethnic groups are particularly at risk,
such as people of Aboriginal, Asian and South Asian, African and
"Targeted screening programs have been shown to detect 93 per cent of
all chronic kidney disease in the community," says Dr. Joanne Kappel,
who helped design the SeeKD program and who currently serves as chair
of The Kidney Foundation's Public Policy Council.
"We are delighted that CN has recognized the importance of the SeeKD
initiative in helping to reduce the burden of kidney disease," noted
Lorraine Gerard, executive director of The Kidney Foundation's BC
Kathryn Richardson, national president of The Kidney Foundation, whose
son received a living donor kidney transplant when diagnosed early with
kidney disease, reiterated: "There is no cure for kidney disease, but
disease progression can be stopped or prevented if detected early
enough, making initiatives such as this new SeeKD program invaluable."
To find out more about kidney disease and the importance of screening to
assist early detection and disease management, or for a list of
screening events in your region, visit www.kidney.ca.
The Kidney Foundation of Canada is the national volunteer organization
committed to reducing the burden of kidney disease through funding and
stimulating innovative research; providing education and support;
promoting access to high quality health care; and increasing public
awareness and commitment to advancing kidney health and organ donation.
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For further information:
| Pauline Buck, APR |
The Kidney Foundation, BC Branch
604-736-9775x230 (o) 604-812-1995 (c)
| Irene Aguzzi |
National Director, Communications and Marketing
The Kidney Foundation of Canada
514-369-4806x227 (o), 514-458-5342 (c)
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| Kelli Svendsen |
Senior Manager, Public and Government Affairs
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