Four years ago, Ottawa resident Linda Rankin, 69, faced a life threatening series of events: heart failure, kidney failure and a stroke left her in a month-long coma. “I thought I was done for. I’d never walk again, I’ll never lift anything again. I’ll struggle through life,” remembers Linda.
At the hospital one day for her quarterly home dialysis check-up, Linda noticed an ad for Alive to Strive Kidney Fitness Project’s fitness grants for people living with chronic kidney disease. She applied for and received a fitness grant. “Everything changed for me. Thanks to exercise, I wasn’t done for; I can do things again after so many years of not being able to. It’s just fantastic.”
Linda is a dedicated participant in Alive to Strive’s Let’s Get Moving fitness classes and the 5km training group, both of which are tailored specifically to the needs of dialysis patients. “The classes have been such a blessing. The instructor is so knowledgeable, and the other participants are an important support network. We help each other, we relate to each other. It is really quite wonderful,” says Linda.
On race day, Linda will be participating in the 5km distance with some of her friends from the 5km training group. “I look forward to crossing the finish line,” says Linda.
Funding for the Alive to Strive Kidney Fitness Project is made possible through the Alive to Strive Race, which is taking place on Sunday, April 24 at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility.
Register online for the Alive to Strive Race before April 20 at www.alivetostrive.ca.