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OUR VIEW PENINSULA: Join in the Kidney Walk

In North Saanich, there is a living, breathing example for how a community’s generosity — and that of a charitable organization — has helped save his life.

Young Coen Wallace was born with diseased kidneys and spent the first part of his life hooked up to machines. With the help of the Kidney Foundation of Canada, his family found a donor and Coen received a new kidney in February, 2013. The latest news we have is Coen is a happy and healthy young man.

The Wallace family is one of many working with the Kidney Foundation for treatment, transplants, education and more. Their success in finding a positive outcome to a very serious health issue, is one of many stories of people who are living longer thanks to the work of the Foundation and groups like them.

Yet, there are still others in need and that’s why we’re getting behind the Victoria Kidney Walk at Clover Point this Sunday, Aug. 17.

Last year, organizers said they had around 100 people join the walk and help raise money. This time, we’re hoping for more.

There are people in our communities waiting for new kidneys and ongoing treatment for chronic conditions. Your monetary donations help.

The walk and the case of young Coen also raises the profile of the need in this province — and across Canada — for an increase in the potential organ donor pool. Taking the step to be such a donor takes a lot of thought and discussion with one’s family. It’s a serious issue and one that goes beyond a single weekend fundraiser.

So start small with the Victoria Kidney Walk and have an immediate impact on the lives of people in your community.

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