It’s been two years since Kaydn Gangier got his second kidney transplant and four years since he was ambassador for the 2011 Fresenius Medical Care Alive to Strive race — the project’s first fundraiser.
Kaydn got involved with the Alive to Strive Kidney Fitness Project through Marie-Eve — the project’s founder and president — whom he met through the home dialysis program they both attended. Sharing a passion for physical activity, they bonded over the impact dialysis had on their active lifestyles.
“I’m a huge advocate of people getting out and being active,” said Kaydn, an attitude that’s reflected in his lifestyle.“Right now, I’m working fulltime and travelling when I can,” he said. “I continue to be very active. I go snowboarding in the winter and play indoor soccer. I’m also going into my fifth year as part of a local tennis club.”
In addition to those activities, he swims, bikes, runs and works out a home — assisted by his brother who is a personal trainer.
Although his life has drastically changed since he was the project’s first race ambassador, Kaydn remains a strong supporter of Alive to Strive and its philosophy of promoting healthy lifestyles. In his role as the 2011 race ambassador, he shared how kidney failure affected his life and the importance of having a network of family and friends to support him, as well as spreading awareness of kidney disease.
“I’ve talked to people who think they can’t run [the Alive to Strive race] because they are on dialysis,” shared Kaydn, who at the time of the 2011 race was doing nocturnal dialysis; but there are other options, he explained, such as walking the course.
“I’d strongly encourage anybody, be it someone with a medical condition such as kidney failure or otherwise, to get involved. Get out and be active!
The 2015 Alive to Strive Race is being held on Sunday, April 26, 2015, at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility/Hog’s Back Park in Ottawa, Ont., Canada. Visit www.alivetostrive.ca to register or to find out more.