Kidney Disease Patients Offer Holiday Planning Tips

Travel is no longer out of the question for people undergoing dialysis or for organ transplant recipients. Join our roundtable discussion about planning a holiday as a kidney disease patient!

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, January 9, 2014 - (PressReleasePoint) - On January 26, a round-table discussion about planning a trip as a kidney disease patient will be held in classroom B of the Juravinski Innovation Tower at St. Joe’s in downtown Hamilton.
Kidney disease patients who have enjoyed a dialysis camp in Ontario as well as trips to Hawaii and elsewhere will talk about their personal experiences, with open Q&A.
Ilana, a Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) patient who has been on dialysis for 20 years now, said: “I am currently working on my upcoming trip to Mexico. One destination would be all right, but I am planning two destinations this time and organizing the dialysis can be a bit difficult… I will know the ins and outs when I am done and will report on this at the meeting.
“My eldest son, a new father, had to start dialysis treatments last year and is on the transplant waiting list. My hope for his family, and for everyone on dialysis, is that they don’t allow kidney disease to hold them back from living life to the fullest.”
Anyone on dialysis or taking medications after an organ transplant would think twice about tackling the challenges of planning a trip away from home,” said Shiona Mackenzie-Morrison, Hamilton Chapter Coordinator of the PKD Foundation of Canada.
“Our discussion will give kidney disease patients a chance to learn about the holiday planning process and make it easier to accomplish their goal successfully.”
Mr. Robert Fraser, a Renal Social Worker with more than 25years at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, will launch the meeting at 2pm by providing valuable information about insurance and more.
Open to the public, this free two-hour event is hosted by the Hamilton Chapter of the PKD Foundation of Canada (PKDFOC). Informational Support Meetings are held six times a year for southwestern Ontario kidney disease patients, their families, friends and caregivers. Registration is not required. Local street parking (free) and hospital parking (payment required) is available.

The PKD Foundation of Canada is a registered Canadian non-profit charitable organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds for Canadian kidney disease research. More information is available on the PKDFOC website or by calling 1-877-410-1741 toll free.

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