Kidneys highlighted in the month of April

Failure to care for any vital organ can result in death and kidneys fall into this category. Hoping to raise awareness of this organ’s importance, the Kidney Association of Belize (KAB) has chosen the month of April to launch an education campaign and fundraising effort.
A Kidney Walk is the first activity on the list, which is to take place on April 5, 2014 and a Kidney Health Fair will follow on April 11, 2014. According to KAB, it has seen the need to sensitize the public and is asking stakeholders to become key participants. As such everyone is invited to join in solidarity and learn the need for prevention and awareness of kidney disease.
The walk is scheduled to begin at the San Cas parking lot at 5:30 a.m. and will move on to Freetown Road, unto Mapp Street, into North Front Street, across the Swing Bridge into Albert Street and end at the Battlefield Park. T-shirts are on sale for $20.00 and must be ordered before Monday, March 30. Raffle tickets are also on sale and will be drawn after the walk.
The annual Health Fair will be held at the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital’s parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. under the theme, “Education, prevention & early detection.” Once there visitors can enjoy free glucose, creatinine and other important tests. All are encouraged to bring along a friend or family member as the information that will be shared can save a life!
KAB’s goal is to raise awareness and knowledge on how to prevent kidney disease. With this in mind, they offer counseling for patients and loved ones, and provide assistance (based on available financing) to patients in emergency cases and those in dire need. As a non-profit organization, KAB relies on donations, pledges, and the assistance of volunteers, businesses and the public.
KAB meets quarterly with its patients, loved ones, volunteers and supporters to listen to their concerns and keep them abreast of what KAB does.
Diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure have constantly plagued our country due to the consumption of salt and sugar rich foods. But what has become even more alarming, is that there has been a significant spike in individuals diagnosed with kidney failure. The association has recognized the need to sound the alarm and warns all that prevention of this deadly disease is vital.
Kidney Failure has impacted the lives of many patients and loved ones, who suffer the debilitating consequencies of this disease and the high cost that comes with treating Hemodialysis or Peritoneal dialysis. The combined cost of dialysis treatment and medications and ultimately the fear of dying, takes a toll on families facing these diseases.
Those wishing to purchase raffle tickets, make a financial contribution of become a member of KAB may call 604-3532 or 622-7218 for more information on how to do so.

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