The Turner family and Jet Food Stores change the face of kidney disease, one kidney at a time.
On June 2, Jet Food Stores will launch their seventh annual Kidney Icon campaign in support of The NephCure Foundation, whose mission is to support scientific research pursuing improved treatments and cure for kidney disease FSGS and Nephrotic Syndrome.
Through August 4th, 51 Jet Food Stores locations will display kidney icons available for purchase by patrons for $1 and $5 each.
“The NephCure Foundation is tremendously grateful for the support of Jet Food Stores,” said NephCure CEO, Henry Brehm. “Since 2008, Jet Food Stores has generated an average of $30,000 each year through this Kidney Icon program alone. This funding has supported exciting advances in research, including the identification of over 28 genetic mutations associated with FSGS, a rare and debilitating disease.” For their 2014 campaign, with the help of the surrounding communities, the Georgia convenience store chain hopes to surpass past years’ contributions.
NephCure board member and Jet Foods President Charles Turner is the driving force behind the program. 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.
Last year, Amy Bussey and her staff at the Jet Store in Douglas, Ga. raised $3,338, the most raised by a single store out of all of their 51 locations. A list of stores participating in the 2014 program can be found here.
New for 2014 is an Adopt-A-Store component. Local NephCure families wanted to express their gratitude to Jet Food Stores for improving outcomes for their loved ones. Each family is “adopting” a store to personally thank the employees who have made a difference in their lives. “It’s a way for our families to explain the impact that Jet Food Stores has in their lives. An opportunity to share their stories and let these amazing Jet Foods employees meet the true face of NephCure – the families whose lives are impacted by these terrible diseases,” said NephCure COO Mark Stone.
This major fundraising effort comes weeks after the convenience store company held their 11th Annual NephCure Golf Classic at Twin City Country Club in Sandersville, Ga. Jet Food Stores are working to improve lives in their community and world wide.
About Nephrotic Syndrome
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 result in renal 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.
About The NephCure Foundation
The NephCure Foundation is the only organization solely committed to seeking a cause and cure for the kidney disease Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and Nephrotic Syndrome. 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.