Gift of Life Donor Program and Power 99 FM have partnered together to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation. Through their daily programs, online platforms and special events, Power 99 FM has used their captive audience to carry out the message of the 6,500 people in our region who are waiting for a life saving organ transplant.
March is National Kidney Disease awareness month. The disease affects Americans of all races and ethnicities, but has a disproportionate effect on African Americans and Hispanics.
One group, the Marion Luckers Kidney Foundation, is helping by hosting a benefit Dinner and Silent Auction to raise awareness and needed funds to help those dealing with the kidney disease.
An estimated 20 million people, or some 10 percent of the population of the United States, may live with some degree of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Members of the community joined Lynette Luckers at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on City Avenue to attend the 4th Annual Marion Luckers Kidney Foundation benefit dinner on Sunday. Attendants filled the Grand Ballroom of the hotel, where they enjoyed food, fellowship and an opportunity to hear from both health care professionals as well as those struggling with kidney disease.
During the event, Luckers gave an account of the Foundations activities and showed a video of last years Benefit Dinner. Dr. Neils Martin, co-medical director, surgical intensive care unit of the University of Pennsylvania Hospital served as the keynote speaker and spoke about the impact of kidney disease on African Americans.
Members of the community had an opportunity to learn more about kidney disease and it’s devastating toll on those who suffer from it during a forum hosted by the Marion Luckers Kidney Foundation, held at Francis Myers Recreation Center at 5800 Kingsessing Ave. on Friday.
The event featured a panel consisting of health care professionals, organ donors and those who live with chronic kidney disease.
“The purpose of the event was to raise awareness about kidney disease and prevention in the African-American community,” said Lynette Luckers, the organization’s founder.
Members of the Marion Luckers Kidney Foundation joined with friends and supporters for the Bowling for a Cause Event at Liberty Lanes, 6500 Market St. in Upper Darby.
Amateurs and semiprofessionals alike gathered at the bowling alley, and whether or not they knocked down the pins, they all made a strike against kidney disease.
“This is a fundraising event and part of the proceeds will go toward our Vera Williams Holiday Helping Hands event this December,” said Lynette Luckers, MLKF founder.