Bruyere set to go on walk

Tom Bruyere will be walking his fifth 20-mile “Walk for Dialysis” this Friday (Sept. 10).
He already has collected almost $5,000 in pledges himself, and hopes to increase the total with the help of the others who will be walking along with him.
“The support from the community is outstanding,” noted Bruyere. “Most individuals and organizations have pledged their support every one of the five years and I would really like to thank them all.”
The Visser family will be walking again this year, as will representatives from district First Nations, the renal dialysis program, and Riverside Foundation for Health Care.
All walkers will begin their trek 20 miles west of North American Lumber (down the River Road) and will journey back, where they plan to arrive around 2 p.m.
The public is invited to stop by and have a free hotdog and refreshment, courtesy of The Place and North American Lumber.
North American Lumber also has donated two picnic tables that will be used for draw prizes for anyone who makes a pledge.
“We also have a chair from Kish Gon Dug Canada and a Wellness Program from the Hummingbird Wellness Centre in Rainy River,” added Bruyere.
As reported earlier, this will be Bruyere’s fifth “Walk for Dialysis.” It was started to raise funds for the Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative to bring dialysis to the district.
This year’s walk again will be dedicated to the memory of Metta Visser, who also was instrumental in bringing dialysis close to home.
Thunder Bay Regional Hospital opened a satellite renal dialysis program at La Verendrye Hospital in the fall of 2001. There currently are 22 patients receiving dialysis.
All funds raised from the walk will benefit this local program. Charitable receipts will be issued for all pledges over $10, and cheques should be made payable to Riverside Foundation for Health Care.
Anyone interested in making a pledge can call Bruyere at 274-8531 or Teresa Hazel at 274-4803.