With over 100 families connected live via video conference from their own dining rooms, NSF announced their mission, re-framed in response to the COVID-19 world, to focus on their most impactful program, Backpacks of Hope.
“It was an honor to share our mission with each of our guests in this critical and unprecedented time, but to see them rise to the occasion was truly breathtaking,” said Andi Callaway, NSF President and Founder. “ That night alone, thanks in part to a generous match from Danville based Quest Foundation, Dine Together guests donated over $30,000 to support the effort – equating to Backpacks of Hope for 194 young patients. That leaves just 32 children left to serve! We will work until we have served every one and there is no child waiting for this impactful and life changing gift.”
Lead Pastor Tyler Scott of Community Presbyterian Church in Danville (CPC), began the program with an inspiring blessing and announced CPC’s stunning $5,000 donation to NSF in support of it’s most vital programming. In addition, the Lear Family shared their own heartfelt story about son Will, who was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome, what it was like to live with the rare disease, and what it has meant to them to find help and connection through The Nephrotic Syndrome Foundation.
Diners were also encouraged to purchase a delicious takeout meal at local participating restaurants, Cocina Hermanas, Harvest, Danville Brewery Company, The Peasant and the Pear, The Peasant’s Courtyard, and Primo's Pizzeria and Pub. Major sponsors included Markstein Sales, B.Allan Jewelers, Sports Basement, Red Stitch Wines and Fanatics.
“I was so moved by the families we heard from Tuesday night. What we are all experiencing in this moment . . . sanitizing, worrying, etc. is their reality ALL the time. I am inspired by NSF’s mission and tireless work to support the amazing kiddos affected by Nephrotic Syndrome.” said Erica Hobby, Hobby Associates, Dine Together guest.
A $250 tax deductible donation provides a Backpack of Hope to a child battling Nephrotic Syndrome but every dollar donated as part of Dine Together will go to support this mission. Each Backpack contains valuable medical supplies, educational information, specifically selected comfort items for patients and siblings, and provides the lasting gift of connection, support, and hope letting them know they are not alone.
NSF also offers other impactful patient support programs including ‘Camp NSF’, the organization’s annual Patient Family Camp in Livermore, CA, their Thermometer Program providing local families with a hospital grade thermometer, ongoing health and wellness education, and more. For more information and how you can help, please visit www.nephroticsyndromefoundation.org