Gary Coleman has lived in Utah County since 2005. Although Coleman died of a brain hemorrhage, he suffered most of his life with chronic kidney failure. Coleman has been on dialysis, and had two kidney transplants. While his life here in Utah has not been without trouble, we send very sincere condolences to his family on behalf of the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho.
This year the National Kidney Foundation of Utah received around 30 phone calls from donors seeking their tax receipts after they donated to what they believed to be the Kidney Kars donation program. They have all be adamant they donated to us. In searching around, we discovered that the a car processing center in California, who has over 300 charity clients–including American Kidney Fund (in Maryland), Kidney & Urology Foundation (New York), and Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation (New York)–had been advertising using the words “Kidney Kars” “Kidney Cars” and “Kidney Foundation.” We were devastated. We later learned that the State of Utah Division of Consumer Protection had been after this company for two years to try and stop their operations in Utah. We implore anyone interested in donating their car to please only use the 1-800-TOW-KARS phone number or the www.towKars.org website. When you talk to the phone operators, always ask where they are located. If they are not in Utah–do not donate to them unless you are sure you want your money to go to that organization out of state. Also, ask if that charity has a Better Business Bureau ranking on their webpage. The Better Business Bureau has information about every charity in the state online, readily available for anyone to see and it should be visible from the charity’s website. Please do not be angry with the National Kidney Foundation of Utah’s Kidney Kars program if you accidentally donated to some other organization. Kidney Kars has been in operation since 1988 and continues to be Utah’s #1 choice for car donation. Please remember 1-800-TOW-KARS (1-800-869-5277) or www.towKars.org! Our office is in Provo, we look forward to answering your questions about how to donate a car to Kidney Kars. Towing is free, and the donation is tax deductible.
Dear Kidney Foundation: Thank you so much for the gas card to help us buy fuel to get to and from dialysis this week. We have to make the 130 mile round trip 3 times a week. We live in Panguich, and must drive over the mountain pass (Bear Valley, Hwy 20) to get to Cedar City–even in bad weather–because my husband simply can not miss dialysis or he will die. We have put our home up for sale in order to move closer to the clinic, but it is very sad. My husband was born in this very bedroom. It is a very old home, and special to us, but don’t know if anyone will even buy it. In the meantime, we will make the drive to Cedar City, faithfully 3 times a week. Thank you for your help and assistance in helping us get there. Please let me know if I can do anything to help the Foundation. I am good at making flyers and advertising, and have run a blood drive at our Church Social Hall. Let me know if this is helpful, I want to help and return the favor to your organization. Thank you again for your help, and concern for our wellfare. Sincerely, David & Connie O.
Dear Kidney Kars, I am writing to give thanks for all you have done for me to help me stay current on my insurance premiums. Living with kidney failure has so many aspects that need to be addressed– always when you least expect it. Last week, I had surgery to try and place a Peritoneal Dialysis catheter so I can dialyze at home. This has been a long process to get that to work, and when I got to dialysis on Friday, my fistula clotted, and I needed to have a fistula-gram to open it up again. This was much unexpected– but so like kidney failure. Thank you again for the help and burden it relieves me of. Merry Christmas to your donors who help improve our lives with their Kidney Kars and other donations. R. Hammon
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“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.
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