FIT Expo set for today
He was diagnosed with endstage renal disease (ESRD) - chronic kidney failure - in 2008, and since then, Koye Edwards has dedicated his life to helping persons suffering from the same disease as himself.
At 28 years old, Edwards has gone through some difficult days, especially as it relates to finances. Having gone through numerous dialysis treatments, sometimes barely able to come up with the funds for the procedures, he understands first-hand what patients suffering from kidney failure go through, particularly when they cannot afford treatment.
With the latter in mind and a burning desire to help those in need, Edwards has partnered with Scotiabank to put together a benefit event called FIT Expo.
"I have been a kidney patient for eight years now and I have seen people that need treatment but just do not have the money to get it," he said. "I wanted to do my part to help, because I know what they go through and it's not easy," said Edwards.
FIT FOR FAMILY
The Family Is Togetherness (FIT) Expo is set to take place at the Buzzer's Complex in Portmore, St Catherine, today and is guaranteed to be an event fit for the entire family.
Edwards told The Sunday Gleaner that the theme of the event is 'Wealth, Health and Fun', as it will encompass all those elements.
"It's a health and wealth expo," he explained. "We will have the banks and other private sector companies set up booths where persons cane visit and have free health checks and one-on-one consultations with medical personnel - all this while you are having fun."
Edwards went on to say that patrons will get the chance to meet some of their favourite TV and sports personalities, including Kamila McDonald and Warren Weir. The event is free and open to the public, so when quizzed about how funds are raised, Edwards said that they earn money by renting booth spaces to different companies.
"We have different packages that we offer and our sponsors pay for their booth spaces, that's how we raise money from this event, because we do not charge the public to participate."
The FIT Expo event starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. Edwards is encouraging all to come out and support the event. Part proceeds from the event go towards getting treatment for those who cannot afford it.