The Eckert's Red Socks Run for Kidney Health!
We are taking part in the RED SOCKS RUN CHALLENGE this October. Walking 60km over the month of October to help raise funds for Kidney Health Australia.
Did you know that you can lose up to 90% of kidney function before having any symptoms. Once your kidneys reach failure, there is no cure. Dialysis (60 hrs per month, hence the 60km) or kidney transplant are the only options to stay alive.
We’ll be pulling up our RED SOCKS for Ethan. A brave little boy who is living with frequently relapsing nephrotic syndrome. A syndrome where the cause for Ethan (and many others) is still unknown, where there is no cure and where treatment is a guessing game that involves killing the immune system (causing a raft of other issues) with horrible drugs that aren’t even approved by the TGA for this purpose.
He’s a little boy who is brave and resilient (braver than us). A three year old who knows the way to the hospital, who no longer cries when he has his blood tests, whose legs cramp and ache from the meds, who thinks peeing into a cup or a wee bag daily is normal, who happily lines up for his multiple meds, who is often limited to just 600mL of water in a day, who knows the word potassium and that certain foods (bananas, chips and chocolate for example, all kids’ favorites!!) have too much and he can’t eat them.
It’s unfair and it breaks our hearts…
Yet, it’s important to remember, we are the lucky ones still, he’s a three year old who is still healthy (compared to many others), he’s still smart, happy, playful and a little brute!
We want to raise awareness and funds to work toward research for better treatment options and of course for a cure for our Ethan and for the 25,000 other people who are currently living with kidney failure in Australia.
We’re walking for hope, hope that one day all this will stop, that there will be research, that we will find a cause, we will find better treatment options and maybe, just maybe, one day a cure.
Please support us, donate and feel free to join our team too, the more the merrier!
Thank you to our Sponsors
Trav & Harry
Mark And Lauren
Michael And Jenny Bailey
Jackie And Colin Eckert
Bonnie And Stephen Bailey
Belinda And Daniel Button
Katie & Rhys Van Iersel
Caitlin And Luke
Jarrod & Georgie Sampson
Ash And Quinn
Skye & Keith