Local kidney, pancreas recipient speaking out to raise awareness

More than 100 turned out for the Stratford Kidney Walk, which went from Upper Queen's Park and around Lake Victoria on Saturday, helping raise about $10,000. STEVE RICE/ The Beacon Herald
Meat loaf, mashed potatoes and mixed veggies.

"That's a meal I'm never going to forget," said Jay Moon.

It came in late October of last year at London's University Hospital just a few days after the 43-year-old Stratford man received a new kidney and pancreas.

It was notable for being his first meal in 26 years without the need for insulin.

"Even something simple like getting a hospital tray with a tea on it with a real sugar packet beside the sweetener packet. I have the option," he said as he prepared for Saturday's Kidney Walk starting and finishing in Upper Queen's Park.

Moon shared some of his story with the record turnout of more than 100 before the walk began. It's something he's done more than a dozen times since his transplant surgery.

"Just trying to raise awareness about the transplant program, about the beadonor.com website and how easy it is to register to become a donor," he said. "And the importance of understanding that there are thousands of people across Ontario and Canada who could potentially benefit from someone taking five minutes to register. Many years down the road, that could become the miracle someone has been waiting a lifetime for. Continue reading
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