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Ogden Surgical Medical Society Thanks National Kidney Foundation of Utah’s Partcipation

    June 4th, 2015

ogden surgical medical societyDear CEO & Founder Deen Vetterli,

Thank you for your continued support and participation of the Ogden Surgical Medical Society Conference.  The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho lectures by Harry O. Senekjian, MD, Kalani Raphael, MD, and Monique E. Cho, MD, improved the performance and competence of 451 attendees: 161 active MDs & DOs ; 95 retired MDs; 52 PAs & NPs; 55 Nurses, Paramedics & Social Workers; 15 Residents, 9 Doctors of Nurse Practitioner Students and 14 Pre-Med students, as well as 35 guests, which included the Hill Air Force Base Medical Providers.

I will send the Power Point presentation to your board for the upcoming Annual Meeting. Thanks again and thank you for improving the medical providers of Utah’s performance and competence in nephrology. Every year we aim to update health providers on new information medically related and the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho excels!

Sincerely,

Theresa Pushedra

Woman gets kidney in a 68-person kidney donation chain

    May 13th, 2015

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/11/kidney-donation-chain

 

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A Wausau woman is the last link in a 68-person kidney transplant chain of donations that started in Minnesota, spread across the country and ended at the University of Wisconsin in late March.

After living with renal insufficiency for 30 years, 77-year-old Mitzi Neyens’ condition had begun to worsen in the past two years, she told Press-Gazette Media. She was able to take part in the massive organ donation chain after De Pere school teacher Megan O’Leary donated a kidney to a matched recipient in exchange for a matched kidney for Neyens, her long-time family friend.

“I was more anxious to get disqualified and not be able to donate,” O’Leary said about the donation process. “Most people say it seems like it would be hard, but to me it wasn’t, it just kind of felt like the right thing to do. I wasn’t nervous about it at all.”

The chain began in Minnesota with a woman who wanted to donate a kidney to no one in particular. Thus began the process of coordinating 34 kidney exchanges.

“It’s unheard of,” said Karen Miller, the paired kidney exchange coordinator for the University of Wisconsin transplant program. “It’s very, very difficult. So many things can happen during that process: a donor gets sick; a donor backs out; a recipient gets sick; somebody dies.”

The National Kidney Registry, which uses a computer to link organ donation chains, and 26 hospitals nationwide helped coordinate the kidney exchanges involving 68 people.

“It’s always amazing when transplants occur,” Miller said. “Was I surprised? No. As you get into paired kidney exchange I always hope for the very best and want every paired kidney exchange, every match, to proceed. That’s honestly unrealistic, that’s never going to happen.”

More than 2,500 Wisconsin residents are among the estimated 123,000 Americans in need of an organ transplant.

About 2.6 million people are registered donors in Wisconsin, and about 2 million more are eligible, according to advocates.

Make your car a Kidney Kar! Happy Earth Day!

    April 21st, 2015

REduce- REuse- REcycle!
Make your car, a Kidney Kar! (Tax Deduction, Free Towing)   Donate www.towKars.org

 

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Young Family of Provo, Utah Donates Car to Kidney Kars

    March 26th, 2015

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March 26, 2015

In 2003 Yu Young was a bright eyed, sweet tempered and darling high school Junior when she came to the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho’s Provo office as an intern. For two years, after school, she answered the phone taking Kidney Cars donations, made photocopies and filed. She did everything for everyone in the office. We liked her so much, we hired her as an employee once she started school at BYU.  She worked her way through college on our megar non-profit hourly wage while making a substantive and meaningful addition to the staff. She was so good and helpful on the phone, she was helpful and kind in the office, and when she graduated BYU I thought my heart might stop. We had not only come to rely on her, but more, she was our friend.

Two days ago, while downloading the Kidney Kars donations, I noticed a car donated from the Young familiy in Provo that included a cheeky little note in the ‘donor comments section.’ It was from Yu.  She had helped her mom and dad donate their car online at www.towKars.org  I was so touched.

Yu went on to become one of first Chinese Immersion teachers in the Salt Lake City School District and is now the director of all language immersion programs.

I miss her here and I am so grateful that even though she’s gone on to much bigger things, she would, in some small and very meaningful way, remember us! Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Young for giving us Yu and for donating your car to Kidney Kars of Utah!

World Kidney Day

    March 5th, 2015

 

deen orrin linda garyWere you aware that Wonder Woman Loves Kidneys?  Linda Carter was a spokesperson for the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho, along with Senator Orrin Hatch, and actor Gary Coleman (who passed away in Payson, Utah in 2010).

In honor of March is Kidney Month and World Kidney Day (not to mention your viewing pleasure) see Wonder Woman Linda Carter take on the bad guys (two criminals obviously representing High Blood Pressure and Diabetes) and then tossing them to the dirt: <div id=”fb-root”></div><script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1″; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));</script><div class=”fb-post” data-href=”https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153013266574695″ data-width=”466″><div class=”fb-xfbml-parse-ignore”><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153013266574695″>Post</a> by <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/TonyHawk”>Tony Hawk</a>.</div></div>

LOVE YOUR KIDNEYS!

Doing Taxes, Getting Tax Deductions, Donating a Car to Kidney Kars

    February 20th, 2015

I have known Jason T. Jones since 1999 when he showed up with his resume.  I was looking for an assistant to relieve me for a 3 week maternity leave. He was a bright, smart BYU Marriott School of Management student getting his Masters of Accountancy with an emphasis in Information Systems Technologies (at the time, the  most up and coming new branch of business studies ). I was having baby #2 and he was in his 2nd year. The week before I took off we spent days discussing the National Kidney Foundation of Utah’s need to take the Kidney Kars data base out of Word Perfect & Excel Spreadsheets (yep, I said it) to MS Access. We discussed the processes by which we accepted donations, made invoices, did accounting, sent out tax receipts etc. I had invented a system which worked very well, but coming into 1999 my archaic system was quickly antiquated and ineffective as we were reaching over 5,000 Kidney Cars donations a year. Jason was a thousand times convincing that he was not only the man for the job — but very enthusiastic that I would be pleased with the outcome up on my return.

So off I went to have my strapping man child June 1999 (you should see that 16 year old now, that kid is a serious looker and a straight A student). In the meantime, Jason called his ‘genius’ younger brother (a then 15 year old brother Chris Jones, still in high school living at home in Portland, OR) to consult regarding queries, union queries, tables, forms, macros and modules. At that time, 15 year old Chris had just finished writing a data analysis software called “Cup Find” which analyzed companies data from the S&P 500 and the NASDQ for the past 50 years.  Cup Find was to be used to find the bottom of the curve by inputting company information so as to “buy low.” As I understand it, Chris still sells 1-2 units of the software a month still to this day.

When I returned from maternity leave, I was welcomed by a bright eyed, wide smiling young man thrilled to his core to discuss the database he had built, managed, organized and created on behalf of the Kidney Kar program. I have never to this day, EVER, EVER, EVER seen anyone more excited about numbers, logistics or data management.  NEVER.  and I have worked with a ton of CPA’s, tax attorneys and database people.  No one loves order, logic and data more than Jason.  I am convinced.

After Jason graduated we went on to have many other business interns–including his younger brother Chris when he too showed up at the BYU Marriott School of Management to get his Masters of Accountancy.  It was there Chris met his wife Brittany, also an account (did I mention how much these people love numbers, math, and order?).

I love these people with all my heart.  They have been the brains behind the business since 1999.  We continue to manage the Kidney Kars program on the original database making tweaks here and there, integrating an internet donation service that interfaced www.towKars.org with the database back in 2002 (Long before anyone else was taking car donations online) and integrating Google AdWords  into our advertising strategies when Google gave us a $10,000 grant (before we realized our horrible competition serving fake charities across the nation would overtake us on AdWords by budgets exceeding $15,000 a month).  Poor us, we’ll never compete with businesses, the mafia or those mentioned in the Subpoena from the Attorney General of the State of New York.  Alas.

Today Jason has worked for almost all of the ‘Big 5′ accounting firms. When one of them sent him to India to teach the people of India how to prepare American taxes, he started his own accountancy firm.   He and his wife Rebecca have like 6 or 10 kids.  I lost count at 2. He is a patient dedicated father and still an amazing accountant mostly doing corporate, the Kidney Foundation and my entire family’s tax returns. Amazingly he still finds time to do the yearly preparing of the year end IRS 1098-C’s for the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho’s Kidney Kars program donors.  Because Jason knows that people *YEARN* for their IRS 1098-C tax deductions as much as they *yearn* for free towing.

Chris Jones (the prodigy younger brother) also went on to work for some of the ‘Big 5′ and is to this day our ongoing database/website/IT consultant. Chris and Brittany travel the globe and have 2 beautiful babies– one of whom is named after me.  Ok, almost named after me.

The BYU Marriott School of Management has given us some of the finest, most diligent, competent, professional, dedicated interns in the history of interns (Hi Michael Broeberg).

So here’s to Kidney Cars Charity Car donation in Utah & Idaho!  Free towing and tax deductions for everyone!

Kidney Kars donor thanks National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho

    January 22nd, 2015

Thank you so much for our tax receipt. Kidney Kars (the National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho) was a very good charity to donate our car to. I appreciate your fine and speedy donation system! My husband really missed his 22 year old car at first. But has now adjusted to our new car very well!

Janet L.
(Kidney Kars donation: 1993 Plymouth Acclaim)

Donate your car to Kidney Kars before December 31st for a great 2014 tax deduction!

    December 15th, 2014

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Give yourself a tax deduction this Christmas for donating your car to the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho’s Kidney Kars program. Donating to www.towKars.org before December 31st will get you a great 2014 tax deduction; towing is always free and donations benefit over 3,000 Utah & Idaho dialysis and kidney transplant patients, fund local medical research and free kidney screenings.

www.towKars.org or call (801) 226-5111 9-5/M-F

Kidney Kars does 20 videos for “charity car donations” for e-How

    December 4th, 2014

ehowRemember in 2009, when e-How asked us to do around 20 videos for charity car donation programs and explain the tax benefits and how to donate?  http://www.ehow.com/video_4951528_donate-car-kidney-foundation.html

A  local Utah videographer called us one morning and asked if the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho’s Kidney Kars program would do about 20 of the selected “Charity Car Donation” topics he’d pulled off the wire. He allowed us to do two that were specific to the Kidney Kars (Utah and Idaho www.towkars.org) and also for the National Kidney Cars program.

It’s 2014 and we are still going strong.  Utah and Idaho has been very generous to Kidney Kars and we continue to receive about 5,000 Kidney Kars donations a year.  If you want to make your car a Kidney Kar, a car that saves lives call us at (801) 226-5111 or go online www.towkars.org  Towing is always free, and Kidney Kars donations make great tax deductions!

 

‘Tis the Season to make your car a Kidney Kar at www.towKars.org

    December 4th, 2014

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It really is December. It’s that time of year again.  If you’re smart, instead of spending a ton of money this month consider saving a lot of money this month on you taxes by donating your car to the Kidney Kars program (National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho).
When you donate locally in Utah & Idaho you get a better tax deduction, free towing and the donation stays in our state to benefit local kidney dialysis and transplant patients.

So keep your Kidney Kars donation local and donate online at www.towkars.org or call us at 1-800-tow-Kars.