For Cedric Thorne, a veteran disc jockey, raising awareness about Kidney disease is a topic very close to his heart. After losing his mother Norma to the disease, and watching the pains and challenges she faced throughout her ten year battle, he wanted to find a way to pay tribute to her while at the same time helping to educate people about the dangers of the disease. He plans to do this, and is extending this invitation to all for a fun filled night with great music; games, prizes and all of the proceeds will go to the Kidney Foundation. Hopefully the contributions will help with the continuance of important research and raising public awareness. Unfortunately as it stands, it is an underfunded foundation.
Kidney disease has also been referred to as the “invisible disease,” as it is a secondary disease often attacking people that already suffer from Diabetes (35 per cent of people with Kidney Disease are Diabetics) or Heart Disease, and early detection can be key in saving lives. If caught early enough people can manage the disease and still carry out their usual routines and lifestyle without too many constraints, but sadly for others it can be too late and they are left with a life threatening disease that takes its toll physically, financially and emotionally. Another danger is the fact that it is hereditary in many cases and it is possible for all DNA to suffer. Cedric understands this well, as his 21-year-old nephew is also suffering from the disease, his Grandmother and Uncle both received kidney transplants as well.
Cedric recalls when the disease was slowly beginning to really take its toll on his mother. He explained there comes a time when patients undergoing dialysis will decide that it is time to allow the disease to run its course, and their bodies are just tired. He called it the “pyjama thing,” when they sit at the machine one day and just decide that they have had enough, and if it means dying, then they will allow the disease to take over. Many wait years to get a kidney transplant, and there are always those not lucky enough to receive the kidney they so desperately need.
There are nearly 4500 people waiting for organ donations in Canada and of those, nearly 80 per cent are waiting for a kidney and last year 95 people died waiting for a transplant. For Candice Coghill, a 27-year-old who received a kidney from her mother in 2009, she says, “The need really outweighs the supply.” There are new programs in place to help with the growing problem such as the “Living Donor Paired Exchange Program.” These new programs are helping decrease the numbers. All of this information will be available at the fundraiser, and of course on the Kidney Foundations website.
For those wishing to help in the fight against the disease and would like to enjoy a nice evening out, you are welcome to join Cedric, friends, family and supporters from the Kidney Foundation at Conestoga Place (Ballroom) – 110 Manitou Drive in Kitchener, on June 1, 2013. If you wish to purchase a ticket you can email: [email protected] or call 519-504-7529.