I’m a full-time teacher by day, and in May 2015, before one of my classes started, I received a phone call from my best friend, Rebecca. We’ve been besties since we were 12, and I’ve always known that she has Alport Syndrome, which eventually leads to kidney failure. But we both didn’t know that it would affect her that year. When I picked up the call, I heard Rebecca sobbing on the other side, saying that her kidneys suddenly dropped to 8% function. She would have to start dialysis in a few months until she could receive a kidney transplant, and we didn’t know how long that would take. Rebecca is one of the most positive, vibrant souls you’d meet. She was an inspiration in how she stayed passionate about life even when her body went through changes due to dialysis and her future looked bleak without news of a transplant. Of course, Rebecca had her low days, especially since she was in her 20s and went from an active lifestyle to a bedridden one. During that season, she was a patient at the Northwest Kidney Centers, a local out-of-hospital research and dialysis center. NKC had encouraging nurses and counselors who supported Rebecca through her lowest, darkest days.
Tod’s CEO, Diego Della Valle, is a known philanthropist in Italy, who has personally donated millions towards projects such as renovating the Colosseum. That generous spirit is apparent in all of the Tod’s stores. When Tod’s asked me what local nonprofit we could support through our event, I thought of NKC immediately for how they supported my best friend and countless patients toward health.
Below is a photo of Rebecca and me at Tod’s last event with Ferrari, and the right is more information about my event:
Thankfully, one of Rebecca’s mom’s best friends was a kidney match. Last year, both underwent surgery and Rebecca successfully received a kidney transplant and is now alive and well! I’m so grateful that she will be with me at our event!
The event will be next Saturday on October 8 at Tod’s in the Bravern. It’s going to be a fun time with catered food & drinks, a photobooth, Trophy cupcakes & macarons, a flower cart, wine-tasting with Columbia Valley Wineries, and a raffle for a pair of Tod’s shoes. Because space is limited, if you are interested in attending, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.