Thursday, May 14, 2009

Breakfast of Hope: Staring the Patillos

The Breakfast of Hope is a fundraiser Darren and I are involved in for the Northwest Kidney Center (NKC) and the Kidney Research Institute. The NKC is a non-profit organization that supports dialysis patients in the Northwest. Darren went to their centers for his dialysis up until about a year ago, when they trained him to do home hemo dialysis. Basically, they keep us armed with the supplies and knowledge to keep Darren alive (and for that, I support them 100%!).

The NKC has teamed up with UW Medicine to create the Kidney Research Institute. This is particularly exciting for us as they will focus research on early detection, improving treatment and delaying or even preventing the need for dialysis altogether. Darren's kidney failure is hereditary, so we obviously are in full support of any dedication to the area of prevention as it relates to our daughter and the next generation.

Darren and I were asked by NKC to be the feature patient/family for the Breakfast of Hope event. So we recently became movie stars for the video they'll show at the event (and by "movie stars" I mean 5 minute documentary participants). Click here for a sneak preview. On top of that Darren has been interviewed by Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large for his column coming out on Monday (5/18). We'll relish in our 15 minutes (okay, maybe 5 minutes) and hope that it will bring greater awareness to the desperate need for research in the area of kidney disease and the 400,000 people affected by it today. We feel pretty honored to have an opportunity to take this challenge in our lives and use it to give back.

The Breakfast of Hope is next Thursday, May 21st at the Westin in Seattle. I'm sure there are more seats if you'd like to attend and see Darren and my heads larger than life on screen (oh my). Thankfully our daughter is in the video and will surly steal the show! We're also happy to sign autographs afterwords, first come first serve. ;)


  1. I would definitely like an autographed photo from the star of the show. Just tell Alice to write it to: "All my Taiwan Fans!"

  2. I take that back. I just watched the video and you all did a great job!