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Monday, September 10, 2018

Owen Sound Kidney Walk Raises Close To $8K

Owen Sound | by Matt Hermiz  

Fundraising goal was $4,500

Owen Sound's annual Kidney Walk well surpassed its fundraising expectations.

Tracy Babineau with the Kidney Foundation of Canada says the Owen Sound walk on Saturday raised close to $8,000, nearly double the goal of $4,500.

"This year's walk was one of the best we've had," Babineau says. "There was about 40 people in attendance. We only had about 20 last year."

Babineau says the Owen Sound Kidney Walk also had a special guest.

Terry Young, who is marking his 45th anniversary of receiving a kidney transplant, took part.

"That's kind of unheard of for a kidney to last that long," Babineau says. "He was very inspirational to the people there suffering from kidney disease ... it was inspiring to hear from someone who's lived so long on one transplant, when generally 10 years is a good length of time to get out of a transplant."

Young is trying to cover 45km in seven different Kidney Walks this fall to mark the occasion, with Owen Sound being one of the stops chosen.

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