Fastest Car Pick Up for Charity Car Donation in Utah

Charity car donation is popular for a couple of reasons. I’d say the biggest reason is, you have a broken car sitting in the driveway or garage that is taking up valuable space.  If that car’s repairs cost more than the value of the car, it’s a great time to consider donating. Once you’ve finally decided you’d rather donate that car to charity, than do anything else you probably want car gone like, yesterday.  The good news is, we’re happy to help.  In order to donate your car, first find the title! That’s the hardest part, we promise. Then call us 9-5/M-F at (801) 226-5111 or 1-800-tow-kars (1-800-869-5277); or easier yet at any time of day use our website www.towKars.org  The process to give us the information will take you 3-5 minutes. You answer the questions we need to both pickup the car, and get you a tax receipt. Once we have that, we get it to our towing guys, and the car is usually picked up in 24-48 hours (Unless you need more time to clean it out of personal belongings or need to coordinate pick up with a 3rd party like a mechanic, or storage unit manager). So, unless there’s a problem, you can expect pick up in less than a day or two.  The Monday following the car’s pickup, we will email you your tax receipt! Kidney Kars donation is simple, fast, free, and your donation benefits over 3,000 dialysis and transplant patients in our area. Thank you for donating to Kidney Kars of Utah!

Utah County Sheriff’s sergeant honored for donating kidney to save friend’s life

https://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/utah-county-sheriff-s-sergeant-honored-for-donating-kidney-to/article_ddc45e9d-7412-55bb-9628-372b1dd004de.html?fbclid=IwAR1V6aRJu0-bo0PbaWzvz8_eYGeDlKimxykmgrsHZbCQPP1bfXa0REkn2fk

We love Utah for its generosity. How awesome that in a small town like Provo, in a small state like Utah we have such generous donors and humanitarians?  Sgt. Spencer Cannon offered his kidney up the same way he might have offered a neighbor a cup of flour — at least, that’s how his friend Ed Cameron describes the phone call that changed both men’s lives.

The two men have been like brothers for the past 18 years, ever since the two neighbors first met at church in American Fork.

When he was in his 40s, Cameron’s health began seriously deteriorating. First, he had a heart attack, then he found out his kidneys were only functioning at about 16 percent. By last year, Cameron’s kidneys were functioning at only 2 percent, prompting him to start dialysis.

“Dialysis is nothing but human torture until death,” Cameron said. “So I feel really sorry for those that are literally sitting and waiting for a kidney from anyone.”

After finding out his family members were unable to donate the organ for him, Cameron says he posted a Facebook status letting people know he was looking for a donor. Cannon was the first to call.

“He said, ‘You really need a kidney?’ Then, just as if he were offering a neighbor a cup of flour, a cup of milk, or a cup of sugar, he said, ‘I’ll give you my kidney,’” Cameron said.

Cannon admitted he hadn’t really thought about it before offering — but once he made the offer, he was serious about following through. He’s been uncomfortable with the attention he’s received for the act, including receiving a Hero plaque from the Utah Chapter of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge at a ceremony in Salt Lake City on Wednesday.

Cannon was confirmed as a match for Cameron in July, but delays kept the surgery from happening until November, just a few days before Thanksgiving.

“I don’t like this kind of attention,” Cannon said just before receiving the award. “I didn’t do it for that reason … The only thing that matters to me is that my friend’s alive and he’s got a bright future.”

The only reason Cannon tolerates the attention, he said, is in hopes of educating other people about organ donation.

“They can realize, you know what, I could do this too,” Cannon said. “(They) could at least be on the donor registry, if not a live organ donor.”

Both men say they’re feeling good at nearly three months out from surgery. Cannon is back at work, and Cameron has been back to the gym a couple of times. Cameron now has his sights set on creating a live kidney donor registry for those who want to follow in Cannon’s footsteps. He sported a purple bracelet that said, “All you need is one.”

“That’s my new mission, since I have a new lease on life,” Cameron said. “That one kidney changed my whole entire life around.”

 

Letter from desperate Aunt on behalf of her nephew on dialysis.

We receive letters like this every day, and are so grateful to be able to do something to help.  Because of your Kidney Kars donation (using the local Utah/Idaho website www.towKars.org) we have funding available for patients like Victor and his family. Thank you for your Kidney Kar Donation in Utah or Idaho.  The funding that comes from Kidney Kars Donations is put to immediate good use locally and we are very grateful for your support.

Dear National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho,

My nephew is 12 years old and is on kidney dialysis. He lives in  Idaho but Primary Children’s hospital in Salt Lake City, UT is providing care for him. He is being sent home today, so he can start doing home dialysis, but it has been very expensive to drive from Victor to Salt Lake multiple times a week prior to him coming home. Is there any financial assistance program available for my brother, who is a single dad, raising 2 kids on his own, for these type of expenses? Also the medical supplies and other supplies needed for home dialysis treatment over the next 6 months at minimum. I am trying to assist my brother as much as possible with the financial end of things for my nephew’s care including reconciliation of medical bills, reaching out for financial assistance and setting up payment plans with doctor’s and hospitals for care received already. If you could email me with any information that may be helpful I would appreciate it. Thank you for all your assistance.
Jacqueline W.

Worlds Largest Gathering of Transplant Recipients Held in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — More than 500 people gathered at the Transplant Games of America closing ceremony Tuesday night to break the Guinness World Records title for the largest gathering of organ transplant recipients.

In all, 540 people gathered at the event held at the Salt Palace Convention Center to break the previous record of 438 people set May 12 by Baskent University in Turkey, according to One Legacy spokeswoman Tania Llavaneras in a statement. One Legacy is a nonprofit company that focuses on organ donations in California as a sponsor of the Donate Life’s Transplant Games of America.

Those who participated in the record-breaking event were recipients of everything from heart to kidney or any other organ donation.

The Transplant Games ran from Aug. 2 through Tuesday with those who received organ donations, living donors and others impacted by organ donations competing in multiple sporting events. Llavaneras said it was also an event to allow those who received organ donations a place to connect and celebrate.

The event’s website notes the event is meant to raise awareness for “organ, cornea, bone marrow and tissue donation through the lives of the athlete-recipients and the lasting legacy of their donors.”

Coaches Kalani Sitake (BYU) and Kyle Whittingham (U OF U) help raise money for Kidney Disease and Organ Donor Awareness

“No one in the country has had the enormous gift that we’ve had for 29 years” said Deen Vetterli, the CEO.  Ms. Vetterli started the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho in 1987 at the insistence of her Sister Glenna Shapiro (the Then CEO of the Arizona Kidney Foundation).  In 1986 Senator Jake Garn gave his kidney to his daughter Susan, and then flew into space to orbit the earth in a spaceship with just one kidney.  It was auspicious timing as the science of living kidney donation was just becoming mainstream.  After Senator Garn agreed to Chair the Board of Directors for Utah, Ms. Vetteri began thinking of ways to bring more highly visible, highly respected members of the community on Board.  Then one day, while walking through the grocery store the idea struck her.  She’d call LaVell Edwards (BYU’s then head coach of a winning football program and the cradle of two Heinemann Trophy Winners) to see what he thought of an idea for a “Rivalry For Charity Golf Tournament.”  Ms. Vetterli’s Husband, Dick Vetterli (Professor of the Political Science Department at BYU, and former BYU football quarterback) had the idea to ask the loser of the round of golf, sing the winning coaches fight song.  LaVell Edwards (for whom they eventually named the BYU Football Stadium) thought it was brilliant.  That was 29 years ago.  The rivalry started with LaVell Edwards and Ron McBride – who have been coming together to the Golf Tournament for years, until Coach Edwards passed away in 2017.  “No other Rivalry, no other State, No other NKF affiliate has enjoyed the long-standing support of the coaches like we’ve had. Kidney Patients in Utah don’t even understand what this drawn out ‘rivalry’ has meant to their cause.”  Through the years, as the coaches, and conferences have changed so had the flavor and pitch of the rivalry has shifted to something that looks more like camaraderie and good sportsmanship. Though BYU and U of U have different goals, both coaches Sitake and Whittingham are undoubtedly two of Utah’s greatest humanitarians, offering their high status, celebrated positions and the public’s love of football,  to draw awareness to the plight of Utah & Idaho patients with kidney disease and those who still need a kidney transplant.  The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho, throughout the years has relied upon the good will of Utah’s big hearted, high status champions.  We Thank Coach Sitake and Coach Whittingham for taking time out of their incredibly busy June Schedules to join us each year to play golf, raise money and bring awareness to our mission.  More people die of kidney disease than breast or prostate cancer, one in  eight Americans is affected by kidney disease, (at the time of this writing) 20 people die each awaiting a kidney transplant.  Please, consider becoming an organ donor. But in the meantime, donate a car to Kidney Kars, or support other efforts like the Kidney Walk or Kidney Golf Tournament to help lighten the burden and improve the quality of life for Utah dialysis and transplant patients.

Me, doing taxes without a CPA

Right?  lol.  I hope you all got your Kidney Kars tax deduction from www.towKars.org before you filed your 2017 tax return.

April 17, 2017 is Tax Day. The National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho has received close to 3,000 Kidney Kars donations this year.  In the past 3 weeks, we’ve had 150 requests Kidney Kars Donors asking for their tax receipts.  Many call or write us angrily accusing us of never sending their tax receipts.  Almost 98% of the time the receipt was in fact, already sent (time stamped by our database, and our email server).  However, 50% of the time, the receipt was emailed to a bogus or junk mail email account, that the donors themselves provided at the onset of the donation process. The other 48% of missing tax receipts made their way into spam (because of our .org address) or was straight up overlooked and then deleted by the donor.

I have no problem with junk email addresses.  I have one (don’t we all?). But if you want a TAX RECEIPT for your charitable contribution, consider giving your ACTUAL email address for a start.  The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho promises never to send junk mail. But I understand. There are a lot of charities that send a lot of additional promotions or continued appeals.  I guess Kidney Kars donations are the exception to that rule.  We’ve so carefully guarded the email addresses and pledged to use them only for tax purposes.   Anyway, to all of those who donated their car to Kidney Kars of Utah & Idaho for a tax deduction, we hope you get a tax return or that your payment to the IRS was not too painful.  Most specifically, we hope your Kidney Kars donation (free towing, tax deductible!) helped lower your tax liability.  So on behalf of the 3,000 Utah and Idaho kidney patients who benefit from the health and human medical financial services our programs provide, we thank you!

Donate a Kidney, Donate a Car, Both Save Lives

The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho partners with Yes Utah! and Yes Idaho!

Organ Donor registry to promote organ donation. As of today, nearly 114,000 people are on the transplant waiting list, and over 2/3 of those on the list need kidneys, so organ donation is very important to the National Kidney Foundation. Kidney disease has no cure, only dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant. We opt for the latter if the patient qualifies and is healthy enough for a transplant. If you are interested in becoming a kidney donor in Utah, please visit https://www.yesutah.org/ or in Idaho at https://www.yesidaho.org/

In the meantime, donating your old car for a tax deduction (and free towing) to the National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho is how we can continue to lighten the burden, and improve the quality of life for Utah and Idaho kidney patients while they await a life saving kidney.  So donate a kidney, donate a car, both save lives.  Donate your old car online to Kidney Kars at https://www.towKars.org

Elder Dale G. Renlund Shares Story of Faith About Organ Donation

On Saturday, March 31st LDS General Conference, LDS Church Authority, Elder Dale G. Renlund, a cardiologist shared a beautiful experience about a family’s faith and experience regarding organ donation. We will post the transcript when it is available.  We’ve attached the link to the talk.

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2018/04/media/session_2_talk_12/5761587735001?lang=eng

 

 

 

Angel Elsie Saving Lives

Elsie’s Miracle

April 1st between sessions of the LDS General Conference, KSL ran a 25 minute special about our Angel Family, The Mahes. Three years ago, 3 year old Elsie Mahe’s life was cut short after a tragic accident in the family home, but her legacy lives on. The Mahe family says while they didn’t receive their miracle for Elsie, there were many miracles from Elsie. Elsie’s organs were donated to save many lives, but the miracles go far beyond this.  Her  sparkle and spirit of a little girl have helped to spread faith, love and kindness across the globe. Check here for the beautiful, brave story of what the Mahe’s chose to do in the face of unspeakable sadness at the loss of their beautiful daughter.

https://www.ksl.com/?sid=46290539&nid=1016

Kidney Transplant Recipient Helped Enact Landmark Idaho legislation

Today the Naional Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho received the pen that Governor Butch Otter used to sign this bill!We are very grateful to our Idaho friends who saw this very important piece of legislation through.

Landmark Legislation Signed by Idaho Governor to Protect Living Organ Donors
Legislation is first of its kind in the nation
March 20, 2018

The National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho is pleased to announce that Idaho Governor Butch Otter signed landmark legislation, S. 1302, to protect living organ donors from potential insurance discrimination. Too often living organ donors, who are healthier than the U.S. population at large, face insurance discrimination based solely on their
status as a living organ donor. “Today’s legislation in Idaho is the first of its kind in the nation designed to stop such discrimination. We hope soon every state in the nation follows suit. We were pleased to support the work of Marty Durand, an Idaho kidney transplant recipient and lawyer, who initiated the hearings on this bill” said Deen Vetterli, CEO National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho.
The Idaho legislation, S. 1302, makes it unlawful to discriminate in the offering, issuance, cancellation, price or conditions of a policy, including the amount of coverage provided, based solely upon the status of the individual as a living organ
donor. The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho applauds Governor Otter for standing up for kidney patients, 100,000 of whom are waiting on a life-saving transplant right now.
The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho thanks Idaho State Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb for sponsoring the bill and owes a debt of gratitude to Committee leaders in the Senate and House for their efforts in support of organ donation. In 2017, nearly 20,000 Americans received a kidney transplant and one-third of these transplants were made possible by living donors.
Expanding living donation by removing barriers will help more people obtain a life-saving transplant. Organ donors undergo significant testing prior to being approved as a donor and must be in very good overall health before being permitted to donate. Most donors do not experience long term complications related to organ donation and therefore insurance discrimination is unjustified.
The Idaho legislation is modeled after The Living Donor Protection Act, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in March 2017 by Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/national-kidney-foundation-statement-on-landmark-legislation-signed-by-idaho-governor-to-protect-living-organ-donors-300616897.html