(From left to right) Paul, Kim and Alaina Wright taking part in the 2019 Kidney March in Calgary. September 2019. (Photo from the 'Living of Love' Facebook page)(From left to right) Paul, Kim and Alaina Wright taking part in the 2019 Kidney March in Calgary. September 2019. (Photo from the 'Living of Love' Facebook page)

Corunna family making cross-county trek for Kidney Foundation

A Corunna family raising money and awareness for the Kidney Foundation of Canada, is set to walk 100 kilometres across Sarnia-Lambton over the next three days.

Kim and Paul Wright, and their 16-year-old daughter, Alaina, start stage one of the trek Friday in Port Lambton before wrapping things up Sunday under the Blue Water Bridge.

"We figure about a nine-hour day each day -- we walk at about a pace of about four-and-a-half to five kilometres per hour," said Kim.

Team "Living on Love" also features 13-year-old Abby Wright and Kim's parents, Brenda and Wayne, serving as the pit crew.

"My dad is our crew chief, so this year we're going to use him, with his truck and trailer, as our mobile pit stop to go every five kilometres ahead of us along the route."

The family's journey with kidney disease started a decade ago when Paul was on medication that damaged his kidneys, which required the need for a transplant.

"I offered to be tested and I am a double-negative match, so I was able to donate to him and that happened seven years ago this past July 24," said Kim.

A few years after Paul's transplant, the family started taking part in the Kidney March, an annual event that's been held across Canada for the past 10 years.

Kim said this will be the family's third straight year taking part in the event, after attending the previous two marches in Calgary.

"It's to prove as a living donor, that I can still be active and healthy with one kidney, the same as people who live with kidney disease can still have active lives."

The family has been raising money towards its $7,500 goal since last September through things like the New England Arbors yard sale, Soup's Up in January, a plant sale in the spring, and also sowing masks.

Kim said trying to raise over $7,000 over each of the last three years wouldn't be possible without the overwhelming support from the Sarnia-Lambton community.

"We just appreciate the acknowledgement and the support, and if anybody sees us walking over the weekend with the big red truck and trailer, please feel free to honk and wave because it really keeps our spirits up -- eight, nine hours on the road is a long day."

The Kidney Foundation of Canada says one in 10 Canadians will suffer from kidney disease and that it takes an average of seven years for someone to receive a donor.

For more information on the Wright family's campaign, click here.

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