World Kidney Day takes place on March 10, which this year focuses on the important theme of Kidney Disease and Children – Act Early to Prevent It.
Specsavers Opticas stores in Spain have announced they are getting behind this event and will be raising money and distributing information about the cause from February 15 until March 15.
The global optical brand have been inspired to support this important cause, after Martin Blake, the director of Specsavers Opticas in Mallorca, came to the rescue of his brother-in-law and donated a kidney in March 2015. His brother-in-law was seriously ill, receiving dialysis at the hospital for seven hours, five times a week whilst he waited for a donor and became weaker.
The waiting list for kidneys in the UK is over four years and the doctors didn’t think he had that long to live. Martin bravely put himself forward as a donor and since the transplant his brother-in-law is responding very well.
Throughout 2015 Martin and his team have been raising money for Kidney Research and to date have collected €1,300 for this worthy cause.
All the other stores were so impressed by his sacrifice and commitment, they have also got behind Kidney Research and will be raising money for the Spanish kidney research charity ALCER in the run up to World Kidney Day.
Martin said, “It was amazing to be able to save a life by becoming an organ donor and seeing the difference it has made to my brother-in-law’s life has been wonderful.
“However, we’re aware that on average a kidney transplant only lasts 10-15 years and then this cycle could start again if new treatments or cures haven’t been discovered. This is why I am now raising money to fund further research.”