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Gas Money was literally a “Life-Saver”

Dear Kidney Foundation,  I am so very grateful for your support.  The Gas card you provided to us was literally a “life-saver.”  My husband lost his job last month, and we could not afford the gas to get me to diaysis this week.  If you had not provided us with the gas money, I don’t know what we would have done.  Thank you. We appreicate you help and hope you keep getting support to help other kidney patients in need.  In moments like this, we are so grateful for those who donante.  Thank you again and again.  May God bless you for your work.  Sincerely, Alicia G.

1196 lb. Giant Pumkin Falls From the Sky, lands on Kidney Kar

Enormous Pumpkins, falling from the sky! It could happen….The award winning 1196 lb. pumpkin, grown by Matt McConkie of the
Utah Giant Pumpkin Grower’s association will by hoisting his prize pumpkin by crane above a 1996 Pontiac 6000 at the HeeHaw Farms in Pleasant Grove on Saturday, October 23rd, at 1:00 p.m.  The car getting smashed by pumpkins (hey! isn’t that the name of a rock band?) will be later donated to the Kidney Kars program.  So come, get smashed with us at HeeHaw Farms located West
of I-15 at the Pleasant Grove exit (275 for north bound I-15 traffic and 278 for south bound I-15 traffic).  Be there, or be
square. For more information vist about the event :

$350 made the difference between hanging on and sinking

The holiday season is tough enough without the additional frustration of having Polycystic Kidney Disease. Thank-you for your support.  I work for a company that offers good health insurance–for which I am grateful…but the longer I live with the disease, the co-pays, deductibles, and out-of-pocket expenses–soon begin to take their toll on the budget.  The $350 gift to help us pay for some of our medications in the month of December gave me tremendous hope that I can keep on trying and working.  I will never be able to thank-you enough for what you do for us patients and those of us who feel victim to the relentlessness of kidney disease.  My love and respect goes out to you and all the wonderful donors of the Kidney Foundation that help people like us.   Sincerely, David J.

Your kindness will never be forgotten

Dear Kidney Foundation, I would like to thank the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho for your willingness to help me lighten the burden on my sholders.  My health and financial stress does not allow me to sleep well at night.  I cannot explain how grateful I am for your help, but from the bottom of my heart I appreciate your support in this time of need.  Your kindness to me will never be forgotten.  Yours truly, T. Katoa

You are in our prayers

My husband and I would like to say thank you for the tremendous financial grant to pay our power bill.  We have been in such a financial crunch to pay all our medical bills.  We are in the process of trying to lose enough weight for my husband to qualify to be on the kidney transplant waiting list.  We are hoping that by October, he will be healthy enough to be eligible to be on the waiting list.  We truly appreciate great organizations, like the Kidney Foundation, who help people like us in need.  We are greatly in your debt, and praise God for another day.  We also pray for all of those who help us with my husband’s kidney problems on a daily basis; our doctors, nurses, and dialysis technicians.   Without the help and support of others, I know we could not make it.  We barely survive on my income.  Just know, that your help and kindness to us was deeply appreciated.  We keep you in our prayers that you may continue to help others, like us, who are in need.  Thanks to you, and all the Kidney Cars and other donations that make it possible for you to help us.  Sincerely,   R. & C. Tuttle, SLC, UT

Cash for Clunkers to end on Monday

Car shoppers have a few more days to take advantage of popular program news services

updated 2:41 p.m. MT, Thurs., Aug 20, 2009

The Obama administration plans to end the popular $3 billion Cash for Clunkers program on Monday, giving car shoppers a few more days to take advantage of big government incentives.

The Transportation Department said Thursday the government will wind down the program on Monday at 8 p.m. EDT. Car buyers can receive rebates of $3,500 or $4,500 for trading in older vehicles for new, more fuel-efficient models.

“It’s been a thrill to be part of the best economic news story in America,” Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. “Now we are working toward an orderly wind down of this very popular program.”

Through Thursday, auto dealers have made deals worth $1.9 billion and are on pace to exhaust the program’s $3 billion in early September. The incentives have generated more than 457,000 vehicle sales. Administration officials said they have reviewed nearly 40 percent of the transactions and have already paid out $145 million to dealers.

Administration officials said applications for rebates will not be accepted after 8 p.m. EDT Monday and dealers should not make additional sales without receiving all the necessary paperwork from their customers. Dealers will be able to resubmit rejected applications after the deadline.

President Barack Obama said in an interview Thursday that the program has been “successful beyond anybody’s imagination” but dealers were overwhelmed by the response of consumers. He pledged that dealers “will get their money.”

Dealers have complained of delays in getting reimbursed and backlogs of vehicle paperwork getting processed in the program. Dealers have said they face a risk of not being reimbursed but LaHood has pledged that dealers will get paid for the incentives.

The administration has said it has tripled the number of staffers sorting through the dealer paperwork.


Tax Payers Subsidize Cash for Clunkers

Utahn wins Nationwide Kidney Kars Sweepstakes

Utahn wins nationwide sweepstakes

Kidney Kars » The South Jordan resident was picked from about 10,000 contest entries.

By Anna Kartashova–The Salt Lake Tribune–Posted: 01/29/2009

National Kidney Foundation Richard and Shoran Cloward and their neighbors, Gary and Darlene Odenwalder, spent four days in Pebble Beach, Calif., as winners of National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Cars 25th anniversary sweepstakes.

When a South Jordan resident donated his ’93 Dodge truck to a charity organization last October, he had no idea he was entering a sweepstakes.

Needless to say, Richard Cloward was nothing short of surprised after winning a three-night, four-day trip to Pebble Beach, Calif.

The National Kidney Foundation decided to hold a contest as part of its car-for-charity program’s 25th anniversary to distinguish Kidney Kars among its emulators, said Luz Lewis-Perez, director of development and programs of National Kidney Foundation of Utah.

“There’s been too many copy cats in the past years,” she said, adding Kidney Kars was the nation’s first car-for-charity program.

Everyone who donated vehicles to the foundation between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31 was automatically entered in the sweepstakes. Among nearly 10,000 donations nationwide within those four months, 1,443 cars were from the Beehive State.

“We’re so glad someone in Utah got to win this contest,” Lewis-Perez said. “Utahns have been so generous to Kidney Kars.”

When Cloward learned he won the grand prize, he was a bit skeptical.

“You’re always a little suspicious, but it took a couple of questions and answers [to know] it was legit,” he said.

Cloward has donated three other vehicles to the program before: a ’95 Dodge Intrepid with a blown engine and two Ford trucks — one with a dead engine and another with a defunct transmission — that he used for his own business,

Although it wasn’t Cloward’s first trip to California, it was his first to Pebble Beach, which is known for its high-end golf courses.”Not everybody plays Pebble Beach at $400 a round,” Cloward said. “You gotta pay lots of money or be a member. It’s first class.”

The $20,000 value vacation was paid for four people, so Cloward invited his wife of 45 years, Shoran, and next-door neighbors Gary and Darlene Odenwalder.

“I play golf, and he doesn’t, so it’s a trip of a lifetime for a golfer to go to Pebble Beach,” Gary Odenwalder said.

Utah’s program is among the top three most substantive car donation programs in the nation, Lewis-Perez said. Donors are usually families with children seeking a tax deduction, and Utah fits those demographics well.

The majority of donated cars National Kidney Foundation receives are 13 years or older and are parted and recycled if they don’t pass safety and emission inspection.

Lewis-Perez said it’s a great way to get rid of a car that no longer runs, takes up driveway space and is a hazard to the environment with its low fuel efficiency and high emissions.

However, about a quarter of all donated vehicles can be resold, she said, and 87 cents for every $1 raised goes toward care for local kidney patients, according to the foundation’s Web site. The money is used for medical research and kidney screenings for about 4,000 dialysis and transplant patients.

“There’s not a more responsible way to get rid of a vehicle,” Lewis-Perez said.

It typically takes two to five business days after the Kidney Foundation receives your information. It is also possible to request 24 hour pick up service (in most areas) for special circumstances.

Kidney Kars accepts any car that has a clear title, inflated tires and has not been dismantled or parted out. It can tow your vehicle from almost anywhere.

The tax deduction generally applies to those who itemize deductions on their 1040 federal tax return. The amount of the tax deduction depends on the actual sale value of the Kidney Kar donation.


Donation information: To donate a car, truck, motorhome or boat to Kidney Kars, call 800-TOW-KARS (869-5277) or visit


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