A strenuous three-day, 45-mile hike. Cold, biting winds. A test of endurance. And a show of love and support.
Julie Lippke and her daughter Alexandra, an eighth-grader, are taking on the challenge of hiking Hadrian’s Wall in northern England during Alexandra’s spring break this month. They are doing it to test their own limits—and to honor Alexandra’s grandfather Jerry Lippke, who has been living with kidney failure for over five years.
The ancient wall, built by the Romans in 122 AD, marked the northern border of Rome’s territory and spans the width of England. Julie and Alexandra will learn about Roman history in London and Newcastle and will hike the rugged terrain for three days. They added extra meaning to their trip by using it to raise awareness of kidney disease and joining the KIDNEYNATION community to fundraise for the American Kidney Fund.
“With our personal connection we chose kidney disease to raise visibility both for Jerry as well as others who are living with kidney disease,” says Julie. “Since we have shared our fundraising page, several friends have come forward and shared their stories of kidney disease also and this has made us realize how important it is to raise awareness of this disease and that small steps, such as this fundraising event, can make a difference.”
To Julie and Alexandra, all we can say is, “Multas gratias ago vobis!” (That’s Latin for “Thank you very much!”) We are so grateful to have Julie and Alexandra on our KIDNEYNATION team. Because of people like them and the generous donors who are supporting their efforts, we are able to help patients battling kidney disease across the U.S.
Host a tailgate party, run a race, plan a card night, or host a percentage night at a restaurant. Become a part of KIDNEYNATION and start fundraising your way today. The money you raise will help thousands of patients in the United States access the health care they need to battle kidney disease.