More than 650 Kidney Foundation volunteers will begin knocking on doors in communities across Northern Ontario throughout Kidney Health Month in March.
Their goal? To help those living with kidney disease, and those at risk, by raising awareness about the disease and raise funds to support the Kidney Foundation’s mission.
The March door-to-door campaign is truly a grassroots one to make people aware of the Foundation, said Anthony Tirone, senior manager of community campaigns.
“People are very generous, and they really care about their health,” he noted. “Many of our volunteers tell us about the personal stories people share at the door about their own family’s experience with kidney disease or transplant.
“When you start talking about it everywhere you go, you really get a sense from people how many lives kidney disease affects.”
Currently, 30,000 Canadians suffer from kidney failure, including more than 1,300 in the northwest region, and require dialysis or a transplant to stay alive.
Millions more have related conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, which are leading causes of kidney failure.
Since 1964, the Kidney Foundation has awarded more than $83 million to support kidney-related research.
The Kidney Foundation of Canada is the national volunteer organization committed to reducing the burden of kidney disease through funding and stimulating innovative research, providing education and support, promoting access to high-quality health care, and increasing public awareness and commitment to advancing kidney health and organ donation.