New Zealand Gymnast Katherine Paton Joins Kidney Kids

Published: Wed 24 Jul 2019 12:58 PM
Media Release
24 July 2019
Kidney Kids New Zealand has confirmed the appointment of top New Zealand gymnast, Katherine Paton as an official ambassador for the charity.
While Katherine’s currently training towards the New Zealand National Championships in October, she’s excited about the opportunity to work closely with Kidney Kids and hopes she will be able to encourage others to make the most of opportunities and not to let their kidney condition get in their way.
Paton says her own journey with kidney disease has inspired her to become an ambassador for this national charity. “I was a kidney kid myself and know first-hand what these kids are going through. I want to show them that they can still do anything and that they shouldn’t let kidney failure or dialysis get in the way. And that despite it all, they can still live a great life,” she says.
Katherine was diagnosed with a genetic mutation that affected her kidneys in 2008 which meant she was headed towards end stage renal failure. Later that year, she received a donor kidney from her mother. However, in 2014 her body rejected the new kidney and it had to be removed. Until she can find a new kidney donor, Katherine must have kidney dialysis four times a day and limit her intake of fluids to just 800mls daily.
“I’ve been on a kidney transplant list for 4 years and have had over 10 potential donors tested so far, but sadly none have been a match. It’s a waiting game, but I’m staying positive. I have signs on my car and have created a Facebook page (Kidney4Kp) to try and find a donor,” says 25-year-old Katherine.
Kidney Kids NZ CEO, Keith Mackenzie is thrilled to have Katherine on board as an ambassador for the charity. “Despite her health challenges, Katherine has demonstrated incredible determination to continue training as a member of the national rhythmic gymnastics team. I hope other kidney kids can look at Katherine as an inspiration and think that if she can get through it all then they can too,” Mackenzie says.
Katherine joins Joeli Vidiri and Walter Neilands who are also current Kidney Kids NZ ambassadors. Walter Neilands recently competed in the latest season of Dancing With The Stars NZ to raise money and awareness for Kidney Kids NZ. The late Jonah Lomu was also a great supporter of Kidney Kids NZ in his role as official patron of the charity.

Next in Lifestyle

Endeavour arrives at Tūranganui-a-Kiwa as part of Tuia 250
NZ Improv Fest Turns It Up To Eleven
By: NZ Improv Festival
$12 million investment in stimulating content for tamariki
By: NZ On Air
Author Jack Lasenby remembered as master storyteller
Tuia 250 Voyage flotilla launches with tribute
By: New Zealand Government
Whangaparāoa iwi commemorate arrival of waka tīpuna
By: New Zealand Government
Tuia 250 - Te Pōwhiri - Te Whanganui o Hei / Mercury Bay
By: Tuia 250
HMB Endeavour replica arrives in NZ to join Tuia 250 Voyage
By: Tuia 250
Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow kicks off
By: Ministry of Education
UK govt's expression of regret to Gisborne iwi
Release of critical book on Cook Commemorations
By: Kia Mau
Endeavour was a military invasion
By: Auckland Peace Action
Extinction Rebellion Aotearoa launch decolonisation action
By: Extinction Rebellion
More laugh therapy ordered for New Zealanders
By: NZ On Air
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media