Give the Gift of Life Walk in aid of Kidney Foundation held Sunday
SUMMERSIDE — As she talks about her mom’s wait for a kidney, Catherine MacDonald’s voice cracks.
“It’s kind of scary at times because you don’t know,” said MacDonald on Sunday.
“But it’s good that she’s on there and maybe someday, possibly, she will get a donor.”
Her mother, Heather MacWilliams of Springfield West, has been on the waiting list for a kidney transplant for a little less than two years.
MacWilliams also has a brother who had a transplant 18 years ago and another brother who is currently on dialysis
So, if anyone should be out supporting the Kidney Foundation of Canada, it’s her family, said MacDonald.
Sunday was the Give the Gift of Life Walk on P.E.I.
This annual event is a fundraiser for the foundation and helps support Islanders who have to travel in-province and to the mainland for dialysis and other treatments related to kidney disease with their costs.
This year’s attracted about 30 people in Summerside and raised roughly $3,300. Charlottetown’s event raised double that amount at $6,000.
Every penny counts, said Matthew MacFarlane, vice-president of the Atlantic board of the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
There are currently 90 Islanders on dialysis, which is up from 80 on the list last year.
“Every year we’re getting 10 or more new dialysis patients,” said MacFarlane,
“In Canada, every day, 15 Canadians are diagnosed with kidney disease, so the problem is getting worse, and it’s soon going to be to the point where everybody is touched by kidney disease, just like everybody now seams to be touched by cancer.”
To learn more about the Kidney Foundation of Canada, visit their website at www.kidney.ca.