Stepping out to support kidney disease

THE Big Red Kidney Walk Hobart will be held at Bellerive Beach Park on Saturday 15 September.

More than 1.7 million Australians are affected by kidney disease and 53 lives are taken each day.

Quality of life is affected for all kidney disease patients, with treatment impacting their free time and their ability to eat and drink certain foods.

Big Red Kidney Walk is a national event run annually by Kidney Health Australia and raises money to support those affected by the disease.

Local nurse Emily Beadle is involved with the organisation of this year’s event.

Ms Beadle works closely with people affected by the disease and witnesses firsthand the effect it has on patients and their families.

“For people with end-stage kidney disease, treatment means long hours connected to a dialysis machine multiple times a week,” she said.

“It is a huge change in people’s lives as not only do they have to spend a lot of time at treatment, but there are also restrictions in what they can eat and drink.

“I have a lot of respect and admiration for my patients.”

Now in its seventh year, the Big Red Kidney Walk already has thousands of registered walkers.

Every dollar raised ensures Kidney Health Australia can continue to help save and improve the lives of people living with kidney disease.

The Big Red Kidney Walk Hobart is already on track to achieve its fundraising goal of $10,000, and Ms Beadle is positive that the event will help to raise awareness for the cause in the local Hobart community.

“It is important to me that as many people as possible come along and have a good day and learn something about their kidneys and kidney health,” Ms Beadle said.

“The more people the merrier, and it would be fantastic for people to be involved in any way they can.”

For more information about registering to walk and donating, visit www.bigredkidneywalk.org.au/events/116/hobart

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