“We were all moved to witness such an act of faith and kindness by Charley’s franchisee, Marcus Gilbert, who donated his kidney to save the life of a 16-year-old employee, Juan Delgado,” shares James Pa, Senior Director of Marketing for Charley’s. “Partnering with the National Kidney Foundation was a simple extension of Charley’s commitment to strengthening our neighbors.”
Juan’s battle with end-stage kidney disease began three years ago. Juggling school and mounting health problems, Juan had difficulty finding and holding on to a job. In March 2008, Marcus stepped forward and offered him a position at Charleys in University Mall in Orem, Utah, but his giving didn’t stop there. Marcus donated his kidney to Juan this past fall.
“There are more than 100,000 Americans currently on the national waiting list for organ transplants,” says John Davis, National Kidney Foundation CEO. “Partnerships, like the one NKF shares with Charley’s Grilled Subs, help support our efforts to educate the public about the life-saving power of organ donation and provide support to organ donors and their families.”
Taking the lead from one of its franchise owners who gave the gift of life to an employee, Charley’s Grilled Subs® will give their own gift this month to further the National Kidney Foundation’s (NKF) life-saving work.
Throughout Philly CheeseSteak Month, celebrated in January, Charley’s will donate a portion of each sandwich sold to support the NKF’s work in research, patient services, public and professional education, advocacy and organ donation.
For more information, visit www.Charleys.com and click on Eat a CheeseSteak…Save a Life.
About the National Kidney Foundation
The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing and treating kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increasing availability of all organs for transplantation. To learn more about kidney disease, risk factors and organ donation contact the National Kidney Foundation at www.kidney.org or (800)622-9010.