Volunteers are the roots of strong communities.

Your Monthly News & Updates
This week is National Volunteer Week, and we are truly grateful to have some some amazing volunteers. Thank you to:
- the thousands of volunteers who braved the elements in March to knock on doors as part of our annual March Drive door to door campaign
- those who provide support and encouragement as peer support volunteers
- those who educate and raise awareness about kidney health and organ donation

- those who advocate and provide leadership in our communities 

Your support is truly at the root of
The Kidney Foundation and we are
endously grateful for your support. 
Historic Investment in Kidney Research

At a press conference held March 31, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, announced Canadians Seeking Solutions and Innovations to Overcome Chronic Kidney Disease (Can-SOLVE CKD) as one of five successful research networks to receive $12.5 million of funding through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR).

Can-SOLVE CKD is Canada's biggest effort to date to improve kidney health and the care of those with chronic kidney disease. Research will focus on a number of elements, including changes in care delivery, improvement of treatment therapies, and organ donation. Thanks to the efforts of researchers, The Kidney Foundation of Canada and Canadian Society of Nephrology, an additional $46.5 million has been raised by 30 organizations to support the project over five years.

Kidney Living magazine cover_ two word art kidney shapes with kidney terminology
Kidney Living - Special Research Issue

Through this special issue of Kidney Living, we are introducing you to some of the dedicated researchers across Canada who currently receive grant support from The Kidney Foundation. We often think of research as something that is beyond our understanding, but we've worked to demystify some of the research that is taking place across the Country.

Leaving preconceived notions at the door

Mindfulness meditation is a practice that allows one to purposefully pay attention to the present moment without judgment. It helps us to look at things with a new lens and change the way we typically see things. Much of our life is filled with worry about things that may never happen.

Link to Story 
Renal Friendly Cooking

Renal dietitians from the Windsor Regional Hospital in partnership with The Kidney Foundation, hosted a cooking demonstration/tasting to help patients demystify the renal diet. There is no one renal diet, so it's important to show patients how they can incorporate these 'kidney friendly' foods into their daily routines. In the cooking demo, the dietitians provide examples of how the renal diet can be adapted into the various meal courses and in particular showed recipes that were appropriate for those who are cooking for only one or two people.

  Link to Story & Recipe
Recycling Initiatives that Help More than the Earth!

Spring has sprung and it's time to clear the clutter. The Kidney Foundation offers two recycling programs that do more than help the environment, they all help raise funds to support research and programs to help the 1 in 10 Canadians living with kidney disease.

Link to Kidney Car
Link to Kidney Clothes
Upcoming Events

Kidney Connect Peer Support Meetings (Link to calendar to note dates and times)
Paint Party, Sarnia (April 17)
Stand Up for the Cure, London (April 21)
10th Annual Ball Hockey Challenge, Hamilton (April 30)
Ontario Branch AGM, Toronto (May 14) 
ACKA Impressions Gala, Scarborough (May 7)
Celebrity Men in a Fashion Event, Sarnia (May 26), Windsor (May 26), Kitchener-Waterloo (June 2)
News Links

Celebrity Models strut for Kidney Foundation
Windsor Star

 Organizer looking for record turnout at Hamilton fundraiser for Kidney Foundation of Canada
Flamborough Review

Home dialysis patient in Vaughan seeks utility relief from city
York Region.com
Hamilton eases shortage of kidney specialists in Uganda
Hamilton Spectator

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