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We’ve said “hello” and “goodbye” to another Countdown to a Cure…
From the beautiful scenery of New York City’s Chelsea Piers, to the heartfelt speeches delivered by NephCure’s beloved family, the Jones’ and honoree, Olympic athlete Aries Merritt, this event was truly the “Chance of a Lifetime” to make a difference in the fight against Nephrotic Syndrome. The success of Countdown has always been measured by the generosity of the many hundreds in attendance who consistently show support for NephCure and this year, our expectations were overwhelmingly exceeded, for which we could not be more grateful. You are changing the story.
Energies were high and attendees were excited, lighting the way for one of the most successful galas in NephCure history. “Fund a Cure” donations blew expectations out of the water, bidding was at a high and the second annual game of “heads or tails,” brought a touch of silliness to an evening surrounding a very serious cause. Emcee, Moody McCarthy, along with “Asbury Fever,” a Bruce Springsteen Tribute band, kept the party going all night long with many moments filled with laughter, dancing and mingling.
As always, we want to thank the committee who worked so hard to put this event together and the volunteers who generously gave up their time to help this event flourish into a huge success. The 2015 New York Countdown to a Cure raised over $750,000 and many left the event feeling inspired and hopeful.
Finally, thanks to YOU. To each of you reading this who’ve decided to join us in this fight.
We can’t do this alone.
We need you, we’re grateful for you and we thank you.
Chicago, IL (October 8, 2015) – Just one month until NephCure Kidney International’s (NKI) Chicago fundraising gala. This inaugural event will be held on Friday, November 6, 2015 from 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM at Architectural Artifacts, Inc., 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL.
The event, themed “Crusade for a Cure” and sponsored by Rush University Medical Center, will bring together the most generous heroes of Chicago to raise money for research and finding a cure to the debilitating chronic kidney diseases Nephrotic Syndrome and Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS).
“We are thrilled to finally bring this fundraiser to Chicago,” said Jayne Drew, Regional Director for NephCure Kidney International. “The gala is in its 11th year in New York City and has raised more than $6 million. We believe we can have just as great of an impact here in Chicago.”
Co-chairing the gala are Chicago natives and couple, Alap Patel and Amanda Schackart. “When Amanda was diagnosed with FSGS, our instant reaction was to learn as much as we can about the disease,” said Patel. “The problem, we soon realized, is that so little is actually known about it. This is why Amanda and I got involved with NephCure Kidney International. More research needs to be done on FSGS and Nephrotic Syndrome. More people need to be aware of these conditions, and the impact it has on millions of families across the US. We want to build a community where families affected by these diseases can know more and learn more from each other. We want to support a network of doctors who can discover more.”
“We need more, we want more, and we want to give more!”, says Schackart.
Nephrotic Syndrome and FSGS are conditions that affect the tiny filtering mechanisms in the kidneys. The result is that beneficial protein is spilled from the kidneys into the urine and is lost. Over time, this condition can result in renal failure and the need for dialysis or a kidney transplant. The cause of Nephrotic Syndrome and FSGS is not known, it can affect anyone, and there is no cure.
FSGS is a leading cause of kidney failure in children.
It is estimated that kidney disease affects 31 million people in the United States alone, with African Americans being 3 times more likely to experience kidney failure.
Last year, 90,000 Americans were killed by kidney disease. More than breast cancer. More than prostate cancer.
Tickets prices to the gala start at $125 per person, with VIP table options available, and include local cuisine, libations, raffle, as well as a silent auction. For more information about NephCure Kidney International, to purchase tickets or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please visit the event website here CRUSADE, or by texting “CRUSADE” to 52182, or email Jayne Drew at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About NephCure Kidney International NephCure Kidney International (NKI) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity established in 1999. Comprised of patients, their families and friends, researchers, physicians and other healthcare professionals, NKI is the only organization committed exclusively to supporting research to identify the cause, improve the treatment, and find the cure of the two potentially debilitating kidney diseases, Nephrotic Syndrome and Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS).
Media Contact: Jayne Drew
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.
On May 5th, Jet Food Stores hosted their annual NephCure Golf Classic at Twin City Country Club in Sandersville, Georgia. Over the past 12 years, this event has generated more than $350,000 for the NephCure mission.
This year’s golf outing saw the introduction of the #Selfies4NephCure contest. Participants took “selfies” of themselves at the event and posted them to their social media pages. Jet Foods and NephCure are hoping that this social media awareness campaign will continue long after the golf outing. Anyone can join the fun and help us spread awareness – so take a picture of yourself, and post it with the hashtag on your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages with #Selfies4NephCure.
NephCure board member and Jet Food Store President Charles Turner is the driving force behind the event. This cause is important to his family and their goal is to support research to discover and make available better treatments for all families dealing with these kidney conditions.
Interested in hosting your own community fundraiser? Whether you’re running in a marathon, giving up your birthday for charity, doing a tribute, starting a walk in your town, or anything else; contact the events team at events@Nephcure.org to raise money for NephCure and make a real-life impact.
BTIG Commissions for Charity Day is Tuesday, April 28, 2015. SUPPORT NEPHCURE KIDNEY INTERNATIONAL on that day by asking your broker to trade through BTIG. Just ask that the trade support NephCure Kidney International. It will not cost you or your broker anything, commissions generated from the trades executed by BTIG on Charity Day are donated to charities nominated by BTIG clients. NKI is one of those charities!
“BTIG Charity Day has grown into a global initiative. As a firm, we are passionate about the success of our annual event and are committed to supporting meaningful causes,” said Steven Starker, Co-Founder of BTIG. Since the event’s inception in 2003, BTIG’s clients, celebrity partners and employees throughout its U.S., London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney offices, have raised more than US$30 million for hundreds of charitable organizations around the world, including over US$5 million from the May 2014 event last year.
“We are always impressed by the number of well deserving organizations that our clients and celebrity partners support and bring to our attention each year. It’s an honor to be a part of an event that makes such a significant impact on improving opportunities for children and others worldwide,“ said Scott Kovalik, Co-Founder of BTIG.
2015 BTIG Charity Day Preview Video: https://vimeo.com/120527307
If you have questions about how to designate NKI as your beneficiary – please call NKI at 610-540-0186 ext. 24.
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Another Countdown to a Cure has come and gone, but CDTAC 2014 was anything but ordinary.
From the beautiful scenery of New York City’s Chelsea Piers, to the heartfelt dedication of NephCure’s inaugural Humanitarian of the Year award to Michael Levine, Countdown to a Cure 2014 was a night to remember. The real success of Countdown , however, has always been measured by the generosity of many hundreds in attendance who consistently show support for NephCure in our quest to accelerate research to find better treatments and a cure. Auction bidders were excited, Fund a Cure donations exceeded expectations and along with plenty of paddle raising, many participated in a game of “Heads or Tails,” willing to get a little silly for the cause. Those of us at NephCure are incredibly grateful, and we would never be able to express our gratitude enough.
There are so many people, without whom, this night would not have been so successful. First, we would like to express heartfelt appreciation to Committee co-chairs Rich Genatt and Michael Levine. Michael and Rich are persistence personified, and their leadership of our Countdown committee is unmatched. Speaking of the Committee, a very special thanks to every member of our Countdown committee for your unique and invaluable contributions. Another thank you to the Milligan Family, our 2014 Fund a Cure Honorees. Jennifer and Jarrett, your unwavering determination to spread awareness and your passion for finding a cure for all those affected by Nephrotic Syndrome is the picture of strength and courage in the face of adversity. Congratulations!
Joining us in kicking off the evening was Michelle Williams, Grammy award winning singing sensation and host of Oxygen’s Fix My Choir. Michelle graciously took the stage to welcome everyone in attendance. NephCure would like to thank Ms. Williams and congratulate her on the release of her fourth album, Journey to Freedom, as well as her nomination for a Stellar Music Award. We are thrilled to continue to work with Ms. Williams as a future Ambassador for NephCure.
NephCure would also like to thank special guest Cuba Gooding Jr. The Oscar® award winning actor took the stage in supreme fashion and delivered a wonderfully vibrant dedication to Michael Levine, presenting him with his Humanitarian of the Year award with passion and enthusiasm. Thank you for your support of NephCure, Mr. Gooding, and best wishes and congratulations on both the upcoming release of Paramount Picture’s “Selma,” and your role as O.J. Simpson in FX’s American Crime Story.
Finally, thanks to YOU. To each of you reading this who’ve decided to STAND UP & BE COUNTED to fight FSGS and Nephrotic Syndrome.
We can’t do this alone. We need you, we’re grateful for you, we thank you.
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Cuba Gooding, Jr. may be best known for his roles as a high-energy football player, dedicated lawyer, or honor-bound solider. Off-camera the beloved actor and father of three is stepping into a new role: advocate and activist. The Academy Award® winning actor is partnering with NephCure Kidney International to raise awareness about kidney disease.
“Kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States, but is one of the most underfunded in research. FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis) and Nephrotic Syndrome are some of the most devastating kidney diseases affecting children and adults. NephCure is the only organization in the world focused on raising money for research to get better treatments and a cure for these diseases. When I learned about these conditions I knew I had to do something. I’m proud to partner with NephCure to help them raise awareness,” Mr. Gooding said.
Mr. Gooding will join NephCure at Countdown to a Cure, our Annual Fundraising Gala at New York’s Chelsea Piers on December 4.
Can’t come to the event? You can still join the cause and support NephCure in their quest to end debilitating forms of kidney disease,
FSGS and Nephrotic Syndrome. Simply text the word “CURE” along with your donation to 50155,
or visit http://www.support.nephcure.org/TeamCuba to pledge your support today.
To read the full press release, click here.
The Sunday, October 12, 2014, Chicago Walk for the Cure held in Addison, Il. was a huge success with over 115 walkers, including 10 patient families. After the walk, a carnival was held with games for all ages, along with a bake sale and raffle.
The event raised over $10,000.
Congratulations to our organizing committee and their families for making this event memorable.
Where Do You Stand?
How does WHERE DO YOU STAND work? The campaign kicks off online on October 1, 2014 and ends on March 12, 2015 (World Kidney Day). The campaign will be divided into three parts. To thank you for your participation, NKI will provide different competitions and incentives for each phase. On the final day: March 12, 2015, events will be held in each participating country, celebrating our participants’ achievements.
By joining this internet campaign, you will bring to light the importance of international attention to chronic kidney disease. Over 30 million people in the US alone are impacted by chronic kidney disease and its debilitating side effects. This issue does not just exist in the US, it is worldwide…WHERE DO YOU STAND?
1. Join online (either as an individual or join a team) by going to support.nephcure.org/WhereDoYouStand
2. NKI will send you your official electronic campaign sign, just print it out and you can start right away!
3. Take photos in front of landmarks or interesting places holding the campaign sign.
4. Ask everyone to make a donation and then take a photo of your supporters holding the sign in front of a landmark.
5. Email your photos to NephCure to be posted on Facebook.
6. Create a fun event to raise funds for your team. NKI events team is ready to help you every step of the way.
7. Celebrate with the world on March 12, 2015!
If you would like to make a one time donation click here!
Download the complete Global Awareness Campaign Kit here!
Download the Awareness and Fundraising Ideas Kit here!