July 2017
The Kidney Foundation of Canada E-News

Tips for a Safe Picnic

For many Canadians, summer is time for picnics in the park and backyard barbeques. Unfortunately, warmer temperatures make it easier for bacteria to multiply in food. When thinking about spoiled food, we immediately think about raw meat left at room temperature or undercooked. However, E. coli for example can also grow on our fruits and vegetables and affect water supply.

E. coli bacteria will produce a toxin which can cause damage to red blood cells, the kidneys and other organs. In ten percent of children, E. coli infection leads to Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), which is one of the leading causes of acute kidney failure in children. E.coli is most dangerous to young children, elderly adults and those people with immune problems.

Here are a few tips to help you protect your family from bacterial and E. coli infection in the summer months.

It’s Summer Camps Time!

Did you know that The Kidney Foundation of Canada supports summer camp programs for those impacted by kidney disease across the country? This opportunity gives adults and youth affected by kidney disease or living with a transplant the chance to have new adventures and make new friends in an environment that also provides them with essential medical services. We are grateful to our donors for their generous support.

For more information on Summer Camps, visit our website or contact your branch.


During the entire month of July, we’re sharing Travel Tips on our Facebook and Twitter pages. These tips explain how to make traveling easier for people living with kidney disease. Follow us to learn more about making necessary travel arrangements for equipment and supplies.

If you have additional tips you would like to share, please post them and use the #TravelTips hashtag.

Two Recipients for the 2017 Medal for Research Excellence

Dr. Brenda Hemmelgarn and Dr. Braden Manns were recently announced as the recipients of the 2017 Medal for Research Excellence. This is the first time in the history of the Foundation that the award is being presented to two individuals. The medal is presented annually to a Canadian resident who is recognized nationally and internationally for excellence in kidney-related research.

More information in our press release.

2016 Impact Report

Our annual Kidney Foundation Impact Report features stories about patient engagement, our investment in research and programs, and the volunteers who help make these initiatives successful. It provides a good overview of 2016 accomplishments and of the positive impact our actions have had on people living with kidney disease.

Read the 2016 Impact Report for a better understanding of what we do and how supporting the Foundation can help.

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See photos of Summer Camps




Roasted Vegetable Salad with Arugula and Bocconcini

This salad is lovely as a side dish or a perfect light lunch served with fresh bread. And, it’s easy to pack for a picnic.

Asian Apple Slaw

This refreshing salad is a great take-along for potlucks and summer barbecues.
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