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Marystown woman grateful for inaugural kidney walk support

Cold and wet conditions on Sept. 29 did not deter people from taking part in the first annual kidney walk held at the Marystown Track and Field Complex. Approximately 100 people came out to support the event.
Cold and wet conditions on Sept. 29 did not deter people from taking part in the first annual kidney walk held at the Marystown Track and Field Complex. Approximately 100 people came out to support the event. - Colin Farrell

Dianne Lake overwhelmed by participation and more than $13,000 in pledges

MARYSTOWN, N.L. —

Dianne Lake never imagined she would get the amount of support she did for a recent walk to help raise money for the fight against kidney disease.
“I don’t even know what to say, I’m so overwhelmed,” Lake told The Southern Gazette after the Sept. 29 walk.
“It went above and beyond what I was expecting."
The event drew about 100 people and so far has raised $13,197 with pledges still coming in.
Lake, who is a kidney transplant recipient, said she was touched by the amount of people took part in the walk, and shared their own stories.
“I could write a book just of the weekend," she said.
With the initial walk behind her, Lake is focusing her attention on next year’s event and hopes to set up a booth for fundraising.
She is proud of her accomplishment with this year’s event, but she acknowledges that she could not have done it alone.
“I am so proud of myself and everyone who helped in this. I can’t name everyone 'cause it’s impossible,” she said. “I wrote a message on Facebook today...I just thanked everyone as a group.”
 

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