On Saturday May 9th, 2015, the Texas Clay Pigeon Shoot held by Baits, Balls & Clays raised $12,000 for Nephcure! Practice shooting and dinner with a live band (Bo Brumble) was held on Friday May 8th. The shoot was held on Saturday May 9th.
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About Baits, Balls & Clays:
In 2012 a group joined together to find a creative way to host multiple events that would help donate to charity. They called themselves Baits, Balls & Clays and the charity they selected was Nephcure. In their first year, Baits, Balls & Clays held a golf and fishing tournament, followed by the addition of a clay shooting tournament in the following year. Through their first 3 years Baits, Balls & Clays managed to raise around $20,000, which they donated to Nephcure.
In 2013, a special little girl named Olivia was selected as an honorary member of Baits, Balls & Clays, becoming the face of the organization.
Miss Olivia is 4 years old and a victim of a rare incurable kidney disease called FSGS. She and her twin sister were adopted into a family when they were young, gaining a mother, father, and 3 older brothers to watch out for them. Unfortunately, a few months after the adoption, when Olivia was only 16 months old, she was diagnosed with FSGS. Her illness caused the filters in her kidneys to stop working, spilling proteins into her body and causing massive swelling. The swelling had dire consequences for Olivia: she stopped walking, talking, playing, eating, smiling, and eventually stopped breathing on her own. In order to stay alive, Olivia went on dialysis and life support. Olivia was fortunate enough to survive with the help of a fighting spirit, and many supporters praying for her. Eventually with the help of various medications, she was stable enough to return home.
Before her 3rd birthday, Olivia had undergone 7 surgeries and 12 hospitalizations. She has taken over 40 different medications in an attempt to treat her illness and keep her stable. Unfortunately, due to the lack of research regarding her rare disease, Olivia would be more likely to survive the most common form of childhood cancer than she would ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease), which is a common fatal outcome for patients like Olivia with FSGS.
With supporters, Baits, Balls & Clays can continue to raise funds for desperately needed research through the Nephcure Foundation, which is committed to giving 9 out of every 10 dollars raised specifically to research for FSGS and its less aggressive form, Nephrotic Syndrome.