In 2011, rising-athlete Marie-Eve left home to study in Spain. Soon after settling into school, Marie-Eve began to feel ill. After four months of dizziness, unexplainable weight gain and severe headaches, Marie-Eve was diagnosed with a rare form of kidney disease called atypical hemolytic uremia syndrome.
Before her diagnosis, Marie-Eve trained in the gym almost every day. In spite of her illness, Marie-Eve fought to stay active. After eight years of dialysis and hospital visits, Marie-Eve competed in the 2010 Canadian Track and Field Championships. To help other kidney patients, she created the Alive to Strive project with local triathlete, Nicholas Newell and Ottawa hospital nephrologist, Dr. Zimmerman to encourage healthy, active living.
Kim Aziz learned to live an active life and improved her health by participating in the Alive to Strive program Let’s Get Moving group. Diagnosed with kidney disease in her early 20’s, it wasn’t until the age of 37, that Kim required dialysis to replace her kidney function. At the time, Kim was busy traveling across Canada with her daughter who competitively danced. Peritoneal dialysis offered her the most flexibility to travel and support her daughter and continue her work as a structural engineer for the Federal Government.
There were a few tough years, when Kim was on home hemodialysis, but things started to look better when Kim received a kidney transplant in 2015. Following her transplant, Kim joined the Let’s Get Moving group. Being a peer-support volunteer for The Kidney Foundation for many years, Kim has always found benefit in speaking with others who have kidney disease. She was also looking for a way to get out of her house and get active.
The Alive to Strive annual race benefits people affected by kidney disease through grants, fitness programs and supporting other charities. Last year, participants raised money for The Kidney Foundation to help support patients attend camp.
“We chose The Kidney Foundation of Canada as one of our charities because we feel The Foundation is the best way to help patients directly in areas we cannot support,” says Alive to Strive President, Marie-Eve, “Last year, donations from our participants went to support 21 families to attend Camp Dorset – giving the chance for patients to spend one week with friends and family at a camp group.”
Alive to Strive is based in Ottawa and committed to education, prevention and awareness of kidney disease.
Alive to Strive Race Details
The 2017 Alive to Strive Race is on Sunday, April 30th, at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility, Ottawa. Race day is filled with activities including the 1 km walk/fun walk, the 5 km walk/run, the 5K wheelchair race, the 5 km team challenge and the 10 km walk/run. The race course runs along the beautiful National Capital Commission pathway along the Rideau Canal and takes participants past Carleton University. Registration is available online by visiting the Alive to Strive website.
Thank you to the many participants who have chosen to raise funds to benefit The Kidney Foundation of Canada.