First Grant Recipient 2012 – Caleb Lewis

The Alive to Strive Kidney Fitness Project is proud to announce that Ottawa resident Caleb Lewis is the first recipient of an Alive to Strive fitness grant and the 2012 Alive to Strive Race champion.

The 29-year-old will benefit from a one-year membership to a local fitness club and some personal training sessions.

Alive to Strive awards first fitness grant – News Release

Story Notes

  • The Alive to Strive Kidney Fitness Project has named 29-year-old Ottawaresident Caleb Lewis as its first fitness grant recipient and 2012 race champion.
  • Lewis received a one-year membership to a fitness club and some personal training sessions.
  • Lewis received the grant March 13 and had his first training session March 16. He’s been going to the gym every day since.
  • Caleb was born with undersized kidneys, which shut down when he was twelve. He received a kidney transplant in 2001, but unfortunately it failed two years later. He’s been on dialysis ever since as he awaits another transplant.
  • Alive to Strive, founded in 2011, is committed to helping those living with chronic kidney disease or kidney failure maintain a healthy lifestyle. Diabetes and high blood pressure greatly contribute to the development and progression of chronic kidney disease, but are both treatable with increased activity and weight loss.
  • The organization has $8,500 available for the fitness and weight loss grants, which are currently being offered to patients of theOttawaHospitalwho are on dialysis or with kidney function that is less than 30 per cent.
  • Funding for the Alive to Strive Kidney Fitness Project was made possible through the annual Alive to Strive Race. This year’s race will be held April 29 at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility. Proceeds will support the Alive to Strive grant program and runners will fundraise for the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Ottawa Hospital Foundation and the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
  • Lewis will walk the 5 km event with his nine-year-old niece while his brother-in-law and 10-year-old niece run.


  • “What this grant has given me, in fact, is pure motivation to become physically fit. I’ve changed my diet with the help of my nurse and dietician in order to help me reach the goal I’ve set for myself – to gain 15 pounds of muscle so I will be in a better shape for a transplant.” – Caleb Lewis
  • “I was down to 110 lbs. I was sick; I was unhappy.” – Caleb Lewis
  • “Alive to Strive gave me a lot of money; it’s my responsibility to show results. Once the race is over I’m not going to stop.”
  • “Being fit will permit me to live a more ‘normal’ life. For example, my nieces are a big part of my life and I look forward to being better able to keep up to them in the future.” – Caleb Lewis
  • “I am happy to be a model for other dialysis patients. Once I am fitter I will be happy to help as much as possible this organization which has given me so much.” – Caleb Lewis
  • “The Alive to Strive Kidney Fitness Project is really a front-line organization working directly with those living with kidney disease to encourage better health and provide a supportive network. Unfortunately, many dialysis patients live relatively sedentary lives. Our program will help them set and reach customized fitness goals and connect with others.” – Alive to Strive Director, Marie Eve-Chainey
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