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Elmer Toops

Elmer Toops, Fresenius Medical Care 2012 Champion in Motion

Elmer has enjoyed square dancing with his wife for more than 30 years.

Age 73 - Vancouver, Washington

Square dancing gives dialysis patient energy and enjoyment

When Elmer Toops went square dancing for the first time in 1980, he did it as a favor to his wife and one of her friends. More than 30 years later, Elmer and his wife are still square dancing, and enjoying it more than ever.

“Square dancing is my life support,” said Elmer. “The enjoyment and energy I get from it keeps me going.”

Elmer has been on dialysis for almost two years, and is an in-center hemodialysis patient at Fresenius Medical Care Fort Vancouver Kidney Center. His kidney failure was a result of IgA nephropathy.

Elmer and his wife go to the community center to square dance two or three times each week, and spend about two hours dancing. Most of their friends are square dancers too, so dance nights are also a fun social outing for them.

A retired auto mechanic, Elmer has lived in the Vancouver area his whole life. He has been married for 52 years, and has a very supportive family that includes two children, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.