In an effort to raise funds and bring awareness to a rare and serious disease, the Alamo-based Nephrotic Syndrome Foundation is now selling tickets for its second annual "Game Day Extravaganza," which will be held in the Oakland Coliseum on Aug. 25.
The Game Day Extravaganza begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Oakland Coliseum parking lot, with an all-inclusive tailgate feast and party filled with food, drinks, music, a raffle, plenty of games like a corn-hole tournament and much more. The day culminates at 1 p.m. with all participants heading into the park to watch the Oakland Athletics take on the San Francisco Giants.
The Nephrotic Syndrome Foundation’s event organizer -- and 2014 Tri-Valley Hero recipient -- Riley Glasson, says that not only is the Game Day Extravaganza a fun-filled and exciting event, but that funds from the day will be used to support the Nephrotic Syndrome Foundation’s many programs and support services.
Nephrotic Syndrome is a rare auto-immune disease that attacks the kidneys, causing them to shut down. Nephrotic Syndrome Foundation officials say treatment options are extremely limited and the disease results in patients spending a large portion of their lives in and out of hospitals, trying to find a treatment that keeps them in remission and managing side effects.
Alamo’s Andi Callaway created the foundation after her son was diagnosed with the lesser-known disease, doing so in an effort to provide him, and others who suffer from the disease, with much needed support services.”
“When dealing with her son's diagnosis, Andi Callaway recognized the lack of support resources available to patients and their families dealing with NS. As a result, she founded (the Nephrotic Syndrome Foundation) and now provides immense support to patients and families through the foundation's programs and events,” Glasson said.
Tickets cost $80 for individual entry, a Patient Family Sponsorship for $320 that includes four tickets, or a $500 family VIP package that includes four tickets, parking, a commemorative item and a $125 donation to the cause. For $50 individuals who can’t make the game are encouraged to join the tailgate and participate in the fun day.
Tickets are available for purchase online until Saturday (Aug. 10) but residents can still donate to the cause, or learn more, by visiting the Nephrotic Syndrome Foundation’s official website at www.nephroticsyndromefoundation.org.