Walk for the Kidney Foundation in Victoria

North Saanich boy gets a second chance thanks to the Foundation.

Coen Wallace

Get ready to walk and run for a good cause; the Victoria Kidney Walk takes place this weekend at Clover Point.

The event, sponsored by Black Press, will kick off at 10 a.m. (participants are asked to arrive an hour or so beforehand) on Sunday Aug. 17. Funds raised will go to the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

Participants can choose between three events: a 2.5 km walk, a 5 km fun run or a 5 km timed run sponsored by the Running Room, said one of the event’s organizers, Jamie Boittiaux

“The walk and the fun run are both free to participate in and are a way for us to get people out to support the Foundation and raise awareness,” said Boittiaux.

The timed 5 km run is being sponsored by Running Room and participants are asked to pre-register ($35) online at www.victoriakidneywalk.ca. Registration on the day of will be $40.

“Last year we had around 100 people come out and participate so we’re hoping to surpass that this year,” said Boittiaux.

Boittiaux is a kidney patient herself and well aware of the benefits of the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

“I only became more involved with the Foundation in the last couple of years,” she explained.

“I’ve had three kidney surgeries and a kidney removed and afterwards I felt so alone. When I got involved with the Victoria chapter of the Foundation I found that I wasn’t alone at all.

“My hope is that all people who are newly diagnosed with kidney problems will know they have somewhere to turn and the Victoria Kidney Walk helps with that.”

The funds raised through the walks, which happen all over B.C. and Canada this month and next, go to the Kidney Foundation which supports people like Boittiaux and the Wallace family from North Saanich.

Coen Wallace, now four years old, lives with his mother, Tanis, father, Chris and brother Layton. He was born with diseased kidneys and spent the first two years of his life hooked up to a dialysis machine. Fortunately for the family, in November of 2012 after working with the Kidney Foundation, they found a donor match for Coen. He received a new kidney in February of 2013 and is now happier and healthier than ever.

According to the Kidney Foundation, one out of every 10 British Columbians suffer from Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). In the past ten years there is an inexplicable increase of 60% and with no cure, there is a pressing need to raise money for kidney disease research and patient care.

For more information visit kidney.ca.

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