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Doctors, specialists play golf for kidney foundation

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  • From left, Rick Perkel of Round Lake, Paul Schmidt of Casey, Paul Howard of Deerfield and Jim O'Connor Lake Bluff, winners of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois' Kidney Care Classic.

      From left, Rick Perkel of Round Lake, Paul Schmidt of Casey, Paul Howard of Deerfield and Jim O'Connor Lake Bluff, winners of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois' Kidney Care Classic.
    Courtesy of National Kidney Foundation of Illinois

 

Submitted by National Kidney Foundation of Illinois

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, 70 nephrologists and transplant professionals from the Chicago area hit the fairways to raise funds for the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.

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Now in its fourth year, the Kidney Care Classic was started by Nephrology Associates of Northern Illinois and is now sponsored by Associates in Nephrology.

The Kidney Care Classic is a competitive annual tournament that offers professionals in the nephrology and transplant fields an opportunity to network with each other, improve processes and build ties to improve patient care. Prizes for the winning foursome, longest drive and raffle varied from a Garmin S1 Approach watch to an escorted threesome to Olympia Fields Country Club, which has hosted the U.S. Open twice.

Brian O'Dea, CFO of NANI, has been involved in the Kidney Care Classic's planning since its inception.

"The American public needs to understand the breadth of kidney disease in this country," O'Dea said. "We don't hear enough about it despite 20 million people being affected. We use the Kidney Care Classic as a way to get together with people involved with care for chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease patients in a collegial environment to raise money for a good cause."

Financial support from the Kidney Care Classic benefits the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent kidney disease and improve the lives of those affected by it. The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois' signature program is the KidneyMobile, which is a mobile truck that travels across the state providing free, comprehensive screenings for kidney disease and its two major causes- diabetes and high blood pressure.

To learn more about the Kidney Care Classic Golf Tournament or the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, visit www.NKFI.org or call Jessica MacLean, at (312) 321-1500.

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