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Cyclist on Dialysis Rides into Winnipeg Today

July 30, 2015 10:37 AM | News

Dale Calibaba

Dale Calibaba (HANDOUT)

A 46-year-old dialysis patient cycling from British Columbia will make a stop in Winnipeg today.

Dale Calibaba is on a cross-country bike trip to raise awareness about living with kidney disease and organ donation.

“Being active is a great tool in helping manage kidney disease and its symptoms and can be part of a healthy lifestyle that aims to reduce the risk of many chronic diseases including kidney disease,” said Dr. Clara Bohm, a nephrologist and medical lead of the Manitoba Renal Program Exercise and Wellness Program.

Calibaba left St. John’s, Newfoundland on June 1, and, 4,500 kilometres later, is at the halfway point of his trip. He performs peritoneal dialysis treatments at night while he sleeps using equipment carried in a support vehicle.

A welcome celebration will take place at 12:30 p.m. today at St. Boniface Hospital’s Sisters’ Garden. All are welcome to attend.

Manitoba dialysis patient and cycling enthusiast Joseph Kollar will also be speaking at the event.