Fitness challenge supports PRH kidney treatment

Patricia Douglas pedals while undergoing dialysis in the Renal Department at Penticton Regional Hospital. The SOS Medical Foundation raised $6,373 for new renal equipment at PRH after challenging local residents to bike, swim or run to match kidney patients’ efforts in the BLOOD Challenge.

It was a challenge worth training for.

The SOS Medical Foundation has successfully completed our BLOOD (Bike Like One On Dialysis) Challenge to raise funds for the Renal Department at Penticton Regional Hospital.

Kidney dialysis patients come in for treatment at PRH three times a week – and some pedal on specialized cycling machines throughout each two-hour session.

Since Penticton hosts two major triathlons, an internationally renowned cycling event, and is a community that encourages people to stay active and fit, the BLOOD Challenge was issued.

Participants were challenged to commit anywhere from two to eight hours a week of biking, swimming or walking/running while raising funds to acquire medical equipment and more cycling machines for the PRH Renal Department.

Patricia Douglas, a kidney patient at PRH, has been on dialysis for more than two years.  She said pedalling during treatment is a great way to strengthen her legs while undergoing treatment.

“You actually forget you’re doing it.  I just feel good afterwards,” she said. “The staff are such a good group here.  I think they’re wonderful.”

The BLOOD Challenge wrapped up August 30, 2020. The final tally saw $6,373 raised by participants and their donor sponsors for new renal equipment at the hospital.

Thanks everyone!