Are you ready to take a few swings against Jim Palmer?
Baltimore sports fans can meet past sports greats while helping a good cause this Sunday at the Nephcure Countdown to a Cure charity event. The following former Orioles are scheduled to appear: Jim Palmer, Rick Dempsey, Dave Johnson, Chris Hoiles, Boog Powell and Ron Hansen. Former Baltimore Colts running back Tom Matte is also scheduled to attend. Tom Davis will host the event.
The cost for the dinner and reception is $150. You can also reserve a table for you and a friend to sit with a former Orioles player. And if you're feeling particularly brave, you can plunk down $300 for the chance to take your cuts against Palmer.
Event co-chair Jim Duquette recently donated a kidney to his daughter, who has Nephrotic Syndrome. Follow this link - http://bit.ly/M838oo - to read the Baltimore Sun story. Here's an excerpt:
In 2008, Lindsey was officially diagnosed with FSGS.
Only about 5,400 people get the disease each year and its cause is unknown. One theory is that it has something to do with a person's immune system and not the kidneys. Former NBA player Alonzo Mourning is one of the people who suffers from FSGS and has brought attention to the disease.
"More research is necessary to figure out the pathways, where the disease is coming from and what causes it," said Henry Brehm, executive director of the NephCure Foundation, which supports research to find a cure. "Until the scientists figure out what causes it, we can't develop a therapy or drug."
Duquette said he never thought twice about giving up a kidney for his youngest daughter. Still, he felt knots in his stomach when he got the call that he was a donor match while taking the train to New York where he tapes his radio show.
"We actually had a match and it was me," he said.
The dinner and reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Kettle Hill Restaurant in Baltimore. For more information or to buy tickets, visit http://www.nephcure.org/countdown-cure or call Deb Cornelius at 866-637-4287 x27.
The NephCure Foundation is the only organization committed exclusively to support research seeking the cause of the potentially debilitating kidney disease Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and Nephrotic Syndrome, improve treatment and find a cure. Countdown to a Cure in Baltimore is a major fundraiser to support the organization's efforts.