May 1, 2014
On May 6, Jet Food Stores will host the NephCure Golf Classic at Twin City Country Club in Sandersville, Georgia. The event will benefit the NephCure International Kidney Foundation, an organization committed to supporting research seeking a cure for the potentially debilitating kidney disease Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and Nephrotic Syndrome.
This is the 15th year of the golf tournament and the 11th it will benefit NephCure. The event has generated more than $350,000 for the NephCure mission since its inception. Forty-five foursomes have registered for the event.
NephCure board member and Jet Foods President Charles Turner is the driving force behind the event. This cause is important to his family and their goal of supporting research to discover and make available better treatments for all families dealing with these kidney conditions.
NASCAR driver and NephCure Ambassador David Ragan will attend. The Ragan family has a long history with Jet Food Stores. “We sponsored Ken Ragan 30 years ago,” said David Usry, vice president at Jet Food Stores. “We then started sponsoring his son David when he was 10 years old. We’ve sponsored him throughout his career. We’ve always had a great relationship with them; a friendship more than anything. [David] is a great guy and he has never forgotten where he came from,” Usry concluded. Ragan drives the No. 34 Ford for Front Row Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Another standout attendee will be David Greene, a former quarterback from University of Georgia. “He’s like Joe Namath around here,” Usry said. “He’s a great guy with a lot of Character.” Greene played for Georgia from 2000 to 2004. During his tenure, he set the NCAA Division I record for wins (42), a record set previously by Peyton Manning, and led the Bulldogs to a Sugar Bowl win in 2002. Greene spent three years in the NFL after being drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 2005.
Registration for the tournament will begin at 9 a.m. and will be followed by an autograph session with Ragan and Greene. Food and refreshments will be available throughout the course and a dinner will conclude the day.
Nephrotic Syndrome and FSGS are conditions that affect the tiny filtering mechanisms in the kidney. The result is that beneficial protein is spilled from the kidney into the urine and lost. Over time this condition can lead to kidney failure and the need for dialysis or a kidney transplant. The cause for Nephrotic Syndrome and FSGS is not known and there is no cure.
The NephCure Foundation is the only organization solely committed to seeking a cause and cure for Nephrotic Syndrome and Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). Comprised of patients, their families and friends, researchers, physicians, and other healthcare professionals, NephCure aims to help science unlock the biological mechanisms that cause these serious conditions and ultimately find a way to cure and prevent them.