Sister to Walk 365 km in search of Kidney Donor
For the past four years, Darlene Dalpe has watched her sister Renee Agnew become sicker and sicker as she succumbs to kidney failure. Agnew has been patiently waiting for a donor for more than two years, but hasn’t had any luck yet. In typical big sister fashion, Dalpe decided to take matters into her own hands.
Starting on June 15, the 50-year-old will begin walking from Edmonton to Jasper, approximately 365 km. She expects to arrive in Jasper June 21, and said she hopes the trek will help her find a matching donor for her sister.
Her family will follow Dalpe in an RV behind her as she makes the difficult trek. At the end of each day she will sleep in the camper and continue where she left off the following morning.
Dalpe said because Agnew has high levels of antibodies in her blood it’s been extremely difficult to find a matching donor.
After Dalpe arrives in Jasper she will be hosting a kidney awareness talk in front of the new library and cultural centre on June 22 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The afternoon will include a free barbeque, but donations are accepted. She is currently looking for guest speakers to share their personal experiences with kidney disease. Dalpe can be contacted at 780-691-4547.
Those interested can follow Dalpe’s journey on Facebook by joining “Renee’s Walk A Day In Her Shoes.”
Any money that’s raised will go towards Agnew’s medical bills and the Kidney Foundation of Canada.