Time is a precious thing. For the more than 4,500 Canadians waiting for an organ transplant, with 76 percent needing a kidney, it’s often a matter of life and death. Donors have the ability to save up to eight lives, according to the Canadian Organ Replacement Register annual report.

One of the Canadians who can be helped is 10-year-old Nash Overton, diagnosed with kidney disease when he was just two — specifically nephrotic syndrome, which then evolved to focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). In the near future, he may need a new kidney.

That’s why Nash, his family, and his community of Williams Lake, BC, have joined The Kidney Foundation of Canada by raising awareness and funds through events like the Kidney Walk: Team Nash has raised over $38,000 since 2013. “I know what it’s like to not feel good,” says Nash. “I don’t want other people to feel like that, so I want to do what I can to help.”

His mom, Fallon, is happy to share her son’s story. “His illness has been a rollercoaster for us, but it’s important to put a face and a family behind the need for organ donors.”

To become a hero to a Canadian in need, confirm your intention to donate your organs on your health care card, driver’s licence, or online provincial donor registry, and tell someone about your wishes.

Visit kidney.ca for more details.