MP Tom Kmiec supports the Kidney March in fight against kidney disease
Ottawa, September 9, 2016 – Today, Tom Kmiec, Member of Parliament for Calgary Shepard, is joining the Kidney March for a third year in a row as a volunteer and crew member behind the weekend-long event, to support those marching against kidney disease.
The Kidney March is a three-day, 100-kilometre walk through beautiful Kananaskis Country that helps raise funds and allows the Kidney Foundation of Canada to contribute funding to research, organ transplant programs, and services for those with chronic kidney conditions. The Kidney March organization is a few thousand dollars shy from its 2016 fundraising goal and each year it uses the money it collects to fund kidney research projects in Canada.
A 2-time Kidney Marcher and past board member with the Kidney Foundation of Canada's southern Alberta chapter, MP Kmiec explained his continued support for those suffering from kidney disease: “My two oldest kids, Maximilian and Jolie, were both born with a condition called Alport syndrome; a rare, degenerative and chronic kidney disease, and the Kidney March is helping put kidney disease on the map in a big way.”
MP Kmiec’s involvement with the Kidney March highlights his continued effort on the issue of kidney disease and organ donation in Canada. Earlier this year, he denounced the Liberal government for voting down private member’s bill C-223, An Act to establish the Canadian Organ Donor Registry and to coordinate as well as promote organ and tissue donation throughout Canada, which would have established a national strategy on organ and tissue to tackle Canada’s poor organ donation rates and improve coordination between provinces.
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