Charity Osborne walks for her mother each year.
Again this year, Osborne will walk in the National Kidney Foundation Kidney Walk which will be held on Sunday at the Great Escape.
“My goal is to get as many people as possible out to walk,” said Osborne. “We have mostly had family come out, but the group that walks with us seems to grown every year.”
As part of the Kidney Walk, Osborne raises money for her walk and support of the National Kidney Foundation. While she has always sought the help of family and friends in the four years that she has participated in the walk, there have also been fundraising events over the past couple of years.
“This is the second time that we have held the spaghetti dinner at Howie’s Bar and Grill,” said Osborne on the event that was held last Saturday. “We have also been raising funds through the Whitehall House of Pizza. It has been very successful and we have had a lot of people who either stopped by the House of Pizza or came to the dinner. I don’t want to force it down anyone’s throat, so we have small events and do more fundraising just between our friends and family.”
Osborne said that there are other individuals and groups from Whitehall that she has been with in the past, and that Whitehall annually does their part in supporting the organization that they walk for.
“We try to find out how much we were able to donate as a town each year that we are down there,” said Osborne.
Osborne’s mother, Sandra, has been affected by kidney disease, and has had a pair of kidney transplants.
“The first time that it happened, I was younger and didn’t really know much about what was happening or what was needed,” said Osborne. “the second time was about four years ago, and after that I pretty much decided that we should do this.”
Osborne said that this is the third year that she has joined the Kidney Walk.
“I knew that it was in Albany before, but once they started to hold one in Glens Falls, that is when we really got involved,” said Osborne. “Every year, there is more and more interest from people.”
This years Kidney Walk will be held at the Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom main parking lot on Sunday, April 26 with registration starting at 11:30 a.m. and the walk starting at 1 p.m.
For more information on the National Kidney Foundation and the Kidney Walk, visit the Web site www.kidneywalk.org.