On Sunday, August 24, you have a rare opportunity to help fight kidney disease. The impact of kidney disease was brought home to many Ottawa Kiwanians earlier this year when club member Steve Moore was diagnosed with kidney failure. But he's not alone. In the Ottawa area, there are currently 500 patients on chronic hemodialysis, 170 patients on home dialysis, and 500 candidates for kidney transplant — and those numbers are growing by 10% per year.
On average, 10 Canadians learn they have kidney failure every day, and by 2006, about 40,000 people across Canada will require dialysis to live. The cost of their treatment will total $2.4 billion.
That's why we've organized the Q for the Cure. So bring your blankets, lawn chairs, friends and family to the Q at beautiful Vincent Massey Park for an afternoon of great food and good times. Along with mouth-watering burgers and dogs, you can expect plenty of family fun and entertainment. And there's a baseball diamond — so start limbering up that pitching arm!
To make a donation to the Steve Moore Fun-Raiser for the Kidney Research Centre, just fill out the attached form and fax or mail it with your cheque to the address provided.
All proceeds go to the Kidney Research Centre at the Ottawa Hospital. While you're at it, take a minute to fill out your organ donor card. And if you already have, what can we say but "well done"?
Sunday, August 24 1:00–5:00 p.m. Vincent Massey Park, Section D (Riverside Drive at Heron Road)