Four days a week, Kevin Campbell is hooked up to a dialysis machine to filter his blood. He was diagnosed with slow, progressive kidney disease which left him with only 4 percent kidney function. He’s been waiting to get a life-saving kidney transplant. He was forced to move away from his only daughter, Julia, to be close to the hospital.
Even with his struggle with kidney disease, Kevin still competes in the Tough Mudder event. He is Tough Mudder’s first ever dialysis and transplant wait-list competitor. Julia watched him and cheered him on from the sidelines.
The extremely tiring and demanding 12-mile, military-style obstacle is difficult for anyone. At one point, Kevin collapsed during one of the courses, but he would not give up, he refused to be defeated.
Kevin gets to spend some much needed quality time with his daughter watching the Canada Day fireworks celebration. His name is on a transplant wait list along with over 4,500 other Canadians. He prays for the gift of life to come. It’s always on his mind, because he knows time is running out.
After the surgery, Kevin was able to travel for the first time to surprise his daughter. It’s an emotional reunion as she realizes what this transplant means for them.
Kevin and Darin meet again. Kevin embraces the selfless hero that gave him the gift of life.
Photography by Melissa Renwick Photography. If you would like to help save someone’s life by becoming an organ donor, please visit [Because I Can Project.](http://www.becauseicanproject.com/)