March is Kidney Health Month, and in communities across British Columbia and in countries around the globe, World Kidney Day was recognized on March 10th with special events to raise awareness of kidney disease and the vital role that kidneys play in maintaining our health.
In B.C. an estimated 200,000 people live with some level of kidney disease. And because there are no early symptoms, most of those people are unaware they have this potentially life-threatening disease.
The kidneys filter blood to remove wastes from the body. If your kidneys were to stop functioning you would need ongoing dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive.
This March thousands of volunteers will be canvassing door to door to raise awareness about the importance of kidney health, and to raise funds. The goal is to raise $450,000. to fund research, patient services, public education and awareness of the need for more organ donors.
Canvassers will also be knocking on doors in Barriere during March to collect for this worthwhile cause. Funds raised through the door to door campaign are contributed directly towards patient services, community support programs, financial assistance and life saving medical research to better the lives of people living with kidney disease.