February 06, 2012 09:12
Benevolent Beards is a fundraising event to benefit Levine Children's Hospital's “Nephrology Special Needs Fund” (to help pediatric patients with kidney disorders).
Levine Children’s Hospital, located in Charlotte, NC, has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as being among the Top 50 “Best Children’s Hospitals” in the nation for care in pediatric nephrology (kidney disorders) for 2011-2012. Children with kidney disorders are often required to undergo kidney dialysis, which is a life-support procedure that is initiated when the kidneys fail. It involves the removal of extra body fluids and/or waste products from the blood using an artificial kidney. Intermittent treatments are provided for few hours every day or every 2-3 days; continuous methods provide slow, constant dialysis on a 24-hour per day basis.
As one can imagine, pediatric kidney disorders place tremendous emotional, physical, and financial stress on families. Work schedules are interrupted as days or weeks are spent with the child in the hospital or traveling to various doctor’s appointments. The financial burden is huge and difficult to measure as only certain costs are covered by medical insurance. The Nephrology Special Needs Fund was created by the Carolinas HealthCare Foundation to relieve some of the financial burden families are currently experiencing while their child undergoes kidney dialysis. Once specific needs are identified, such as utility or rent payments or gift cards for gas and groceries, the Foundation allocates money from the Fund to help support the child’s family.
Each Benevolent Beard participant ended November 2011 without any, or very little, facial hair. They will spend December 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 growing the best looking beard in an effort to raise as much money as possible for Levine Children's Hospital's Nephrology Special Needs Fund (pediatric kidney disorders); 100% of the money collected will be donated to this fund. By April 1, 2012, the participant that raises the most money will be presented with a special plaque.
Vote for the best looking beard by making an online donation at http://www.benevolentbeards.org. Please contact Jennifer Daugherty at 704-602-0870 with any questions.
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