Over 400 SoCal residents came out on a picture perfect January day – the type you only see in Southern California in January – to celebrate the work of NephCure Kidney International at the 6th Annual NKI Los Angeles Walk, Brunch & Learn.
This incredible event was organized and chaired by Los Angeles Attorney Sarretta McDonough of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and her wonderful volunteer committee that included Janet Hasson, Genneia James, Peter Daenzer and Rich Griswold. As with the past five years, this event was a true labor of love for this group and the dozens of volunteers who also dedicated their personal time on a Sunday to support NKI. With everything from an incredible Kid’s Zone with face painting, games, a photo booth and even a visit from a bonafide “Minion” (courtesy of NBC/Universal), to a delicious brunch and post-Walk educational Lunch and Learn presentation by nephrologists from three of the largest hospitals in the Los Angeles area, this event offered something for the whole family.
Beyond that, the warmth and camaraderie created a welcoming atmosphere for everyone to feel that they were part of a strong, incredible community effort to fight these conditions and a welcome reprieve from the isolation that living with Nephrotic Syndrome/FSGS can often bring. The Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica provided the perfect venue for the Walk, family activities, lively silent auction, and of course the important Lunch and Learn with Drs. Elaine Kamil (Cedars Sinai), Kevin Lemley (USC/Children’s Hospital LA) and Sergio Infante (Loma Linda), who generously extended the question and answer session until every single person had been heard. With well over $76,000 raised and more funds coming in every day, this event was truly a success for NephCure’s important mission to fund new treatments and find the cure!