Tri-Cities Kidney Walk in Coquitlam


4th Annual Kidney Walk in Coquitlam

Did you know that 85% of British Columbians surveyed were in favour of organ donation? And yet, only 17% have registered to be organ donors? In fact, I myself fall into the 68% of British Columbians who are in favour of organ donation, but haven’t registered. Back when I could just request the sticker on my driver’s license I did, but after they changed the rules, I somehow never got around to actually completing the process.

This huge gap between “will do” and “did do” is threatening the lives of the 2800 people in BC on kidney dialysis. Many of them must wait up to five years for a new kidney, and some don’t survive the wait. The Kidney Foundation is committed to closing this gap and they want you to know that you can help.

This is the message behind the 4th Annual Tri-Cities Kidney Walk taking place in Coquitlam this Sunday, August 21. The event takes place at Lafarge Lake [map], with registration at 9:00am and the walk itself starting at 10:00am. Participants can choose between a 2.5K Walk and a 5K Fun Run, and the money raised will be used to increase organ donation, fund research, provide support for kidney patients and their families, and educate the public about the importance of kidney health.

There will be prizes at the walk, as well as a chance to bid on a Canucks hockey stick autographed by former Canucks Captain Trevor Linden and a whole lot of fun. Stay in the loop with the latest news by visiting their Facebook event page.

Even if you can’t walk, though, you can still take a big step to help people on the donor list who are waiting for an organ. Visit www.transplant.bc.ca today, and register to be an organ donor. You must be over 19 years old, and you must have a Care Card, but the process is fast, easy and painless. I’ll be doing it myself, and helping to close the gap.

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