THIS Sunday, make a difference in the lives of those affected by kidney disease in the Bega Valley by joining Bega nursing staff in the Big Red Kidney Walk
The Big Red Kidney Walk is an initiative of Kidney Health Australia.
Kidney Health Australia is a national health care charity with a vision “to save and improve the lives of Australians affected by kidney disease”.
As the national peak body, Kidney Health Australia promotes good kidney health through delivery of programs in education, advocacy, research and support.
“The Big Red Kidney Walk will help Kidney Health Australia raise awareness of kidney disease and that being more active can help you care for your kidneys,” Kidney Health Australia CEO Anne Wilson said.
The Bega District Hospital dialysis unit will be hosting a local Big Red Kidney Walk because the cause is personal.
“We are hosting a Big Red Kidney Walk because we want to ensure the community becomes more aware of kidney disease and what they can do to assist in prevention with good health,” nurse unit manager Ann-Marie Corradini said.
Ms Corradini said the unit is holding a walk to support patients like Mrs H, who has been on dialysis for four years.
“She is 80 years of age and has to travel to dialysis 40 minutes each way, three times a week, on top of her dialysis time,” Ms Corradini said.
“She does four hours treatment every dialysis and feels now she is very much part of a ‘little family’ when she comes into the unit and with the other patients.
“The best message we can send is to encourage everyone in the community to look after themselves, exercise and keep good blood pressure control as one in three Australians is at risk of kidney disease,” she said.
The Bega Dialysis Unit Big Red Kidney Walk will be held at Tathra from 10am on Sunday.
Walkers will leave from the Surf Life Saving Club and they have invited the community to attend.
Currently 1.3 million Australians have undiagnosed kidney disease.
There are no warning signs of the disease, which means a person can lose up to 90 per cent of kidney function before experiencing any symptoms.
Many people are unfortunately diagnosed late with kidney disease, killing more Australians each year than breast cancer, prostate cancer or road deaths.
To find out more about the Bega dialysis unit’s Big Red Kidney Walk contact Ann-Marie Corradini on 6492 9193.