Kidney Condo unveiled in Nanaimo. . . . Getting set to Walk in Kamloops. . . . Boulet award goes to Alberta man

There is big news out of Nanaimo where out-of-town kidney patients who are taking dialysis training now have a place to stay free of charge. They are calling it the Kidney Condo, and it is backed by the Vancouver Island Kidney Patients’ Association and the Kidney Foundation of British Columbia and Yukon. . . . Nicholas Pescod of the Nanaimo Bulletin has more right here.


Here in Kamloops, preparations are well underway for the annual Kidney Walk, which is KWlogo2scheduled for Sept. 22 at McDonald Park. . . . If you would like to take part, we register at 10 a.m., with the walk to follow at 11. Some of us will walk a couple of kilometres, but there isn’t a defined distance. In fact, you don’t need to walk at all. Just come and join us for the breakfast — pancakes, bacon and coffee, by donation — with the Brock Central Lions Club doing the cooking. . . .

My wife, Dorothy, will be celebrating the sixth anniversary of her kidney transplant by taking part in her sixth straight Kidney Walk. In her six walks, she has raised more than $15,000. If you would like to support her efforts with a donation, you may do so right here.


Dan McLaughlin of Riverview, N.B., needed a new kidney, so he put a sign on his car that indicated he was looking for a donor. Just over three weeks ago, he got the call and immediately headed for Halifax. . . . He had the transplant and, hey, how did it go? He told Shelley Steeves of Global News that when he woke up “colours were brighter, somehow it was easier to breathe, the air was fresher and a day later I walked almost a kilometre, which I couldn’t do before.” . . . There is more on McLaughlin’s story right here.





Morris Irvine underwent a lung transplant in 2011. On Sunday, the Albertan was the first recipient of an humanitarian award named in honour of the late Logan Boulet, who was killed in the bus crash involving the SJHL’s Humboldt Broncos. . . . There’s lots more right here.

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