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November 7, 2013

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Support Donor Dash

I am pleased to be part of a community that supports local business and helps each other grow. I am also pleased to be part of a community that understands the importance of giving back. I’m writing to ask you to support an organization that is very important to me – the Northeast Kidney Foundation. I am a member of the Board of Trustees of this organization which has touched my life personally, and that of many other families in our region.

Twenty years ago I was fortunate to receive a kidney transplant. That transplant changed the quality of my life dramatically. I was fortunate because I received the kidney before I needed to start dialysis, but not all are as fortunate and many who receive dialysis wait three years or longer. The Northeast Kidney Foundation provides assistance to patients and families in our region that help with the cost of medical, nutrition and housing needs, but also funds free kidney screenings to help detect kidney disease early on – when it’s most treatable. They have supported a number of families in our region, screened hundreds free of charge for kidney disease, and also instituted a support group that meets the third Sunday of every month.

On Nov. 10 the Foundation will hold an inaugural 5K Donor Dash and Kidney walk at the Clark Sports Center. I am writing to ask you to come out and walk, or run, with us to show support for our local patients and family members, those that wait for the gift of life and those that have made this gift possible. The event will feature refreshments, kids activities, a 5K run/walk with an award ceremony, and more importantly, the chance to make a huge difference. The details are included with this letter and we would appreciate your posting and sharing the information. We would also appreciate seeing you at the event.

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