NEWS RELEASE · 7th August 2013
The Kidney Foundation BC Branc
Kidney Transplant Recipient Supports Kidney Walk in Terrace
Kidney transplant recipient, Lizuarte Barcelos, is this year’s regional honouree for the Kidney Walk in Terrace. Lizuarte will represent The Kidney Walk and through his story help put a face to this disease that is often under recognized and undetectable in its early stages.
The annual Kidney Walk supports individuals, like Lizuarte, and their families who are affected by kidney disease by raising awareness about the seriousness of this disease as well as funds to help provide critical programs and services. Kidney disease affects 1 in 10 Canadians and currently has no cure.
20 communities across BC are championing The Kidney Walk. These extraordinary grassroots events feature live entertainment, prizes, fundraising barbeques, silent auctions and more. But most importantly walkers, runners and paddlers alike come out and show their support for kidney patients and their families.
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.
Since 2008, thousands of participants and volunteers have helped The Kidney Walk campaign raise over $860,000 for kidney patients in BC. This year the goal is to raise $340,000 province-wide.
Join Lizuarte and his family and be part of The Kidney Walk in Terrace:
Date: Sunday, August 18th, 2013 Place: Furlong Campgrounds Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
About the Kidney Foundation of Canada
The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC Branch is a non-profit, grass roots, volunteer-based organization that helps improve the lives of all people affected by kidney disease. Funds raised provide education and support; increased public awareness of kidney health and organ donation as well as ongoing research that provides hope and an enhanced quality of life for kidney patients.
HaleyClarke Communications Coordinator
The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC Branch
604-736-9775 x 222
Lizuarte and family at previous Kidney Walk (Lizuarte, located on right side)