Fourth Annual Kidney Klause Spreads Holiday Cheer
December 15, 2009 — Delaware Valley families coping with kidney disease were treated to a winter wonderland of holiday joy and gifts as the Earle Mack School of Law hosted its fourth annual Kidney Klause event on Dec. 15.
Co-sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation of the Delaware Valley and organized by law school's Student Bar Association, the event raised more than $8,000, including a $2,000 donation from Wal-Mart.
Members of the student groups Phi Alpha Delta, the National Lawyers Guild – Earle Mack School of Law Chapter, the International Law Society, the Latin American Law Student Association and the Collins Air and Space Organization helped organize the event. The grateful families received practical items, such as household goods and gift cards to pharmacies and grocery stores, and toys, bikes and electronics for everyone in each family.
After arriving by limousine, the families were greeted by Brian Dilsheimer, chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Kidney Foundation.
"We're so thrilled you're here," said Dilsheimer. "This, for us, puts a face on the people in the community we serve."
Sharon Ricks, of Marcus Hook, who suffers from kidney disease, was overjoyed by the outpouring of support.
"I'm so thankful," said Ricks, whose family received a Nintendo gaming system, baskets of cozy slippers and blankets, a back massager, a "lovely" watch and other gifts. "This is such a bright spot on our holiday."
The McCollum family, of Chester, was treated to a laptop computer, kitchen items, a bicycle and scores of toys.
"I think this is beautiful," said Dwayne McCollum, as smiles filled the faces of his two children opening their presents. "Everyone did a beautiful job."
Kenitra Seivwright, who suffers from end-stage renal disease, also was all smiles as her four children happily tackled their mountain of presents.
"I'm overwhelmed," said Seivwright, of North Philadelphia. "I feel so blessed."
The families were chosen by the Earle Mack School of Law, based on essays they wrote about the ways that kidney disease has affected their lives.
"It's an absolute joy to be able to put smiles on the faces of these families suffering from kidney disease," said Patrick Doran, of the Earle Mack School of Law Student Bar Association.
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