Lizuarte Barcelos is this year’s regional honouree for The KidneyWalk in Terrace which takes place on Aug. 18.
For Lizuarte, being a part of The Kidney Walk and supporting The Kidney Foundation is important.
Lizuarte explains, “it is amazing what The Kidney Foundation does for kidney patients. I try to raise funds to help improve awareness of kidney disease but also to help people affected by kidney disease who are less fortunate than I am.”
Lizuarte first attended The Kidney Walk in 2009 and has participated ever since.
Lizuarte was on home dialysis for seven years before receiving a kidney transplant in 2007.
“Since my kidney transplant I am my old self again – my new kidney has made me feel much better.”
Lizuarte cannot stress enough the importance of organ donation registration and hopes The Kidney Walk encourages more people to register.
The 2013 BC Kidney Walks in Terrace takes place Augt. 18 at the Furlong Campgrounds.
There is an option of a 2.5 km walk or a 5 km run.
Registration begins at 1 pm and the event starts at 2 pm.
Those wishing to register online and to contribute can do so by going to www.kidney.ca
The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC Branch is holding its annual Kidney Walk to raise funds and awareness of organ donation that will help support the work of The Kidney Foundation.
Everyone can be a hero. Join in, sponsor a walker, volunteer and/or register to be an organ donor.
The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC Branch is a not-for-profit healthcare organization that raises money to improve the lives of all people affected by kidney disease by funding research; providing education and support, and increasing public awareness and commitment to advancing kidney health and organ donation.
People living with kidney disease have to spend up to 15 hours a week on dialysis making it difficult for the person with kidney disease and their families in so many ways.
Right now over 430 British Columbians are waiting for a transplant – and most of those are waiting for a kidney.
Funds raised provide education and support; increase public awareness of kidney health and organ donation, as well as ongoing research that provides improved treatment options for those with kidney ailments.