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NY Jets Legends Day

Honoring Jets of the Past, Dennis Bligen Former Jet Player and Longtime Friend, Gave His Jersey Off the Field to John Allen. John and Dennis have a Long History Together, Playing Side by Side at St. John's University! We Proudly Support Dennis and His Efforts in finding the cure to his Kidney Disease and Supporting His Organization!!!

Dennis with former teammates, Mark Gastineau a former New York Jets defensive end from 1979 to 1988 who was one of the quickest and most feared pass rushers of his generation (left) and Joe Klecko a former New York Jets defensive lineman best remembered for his days as a member of the New York Jets' famed "New York Sack Exchange.

Dear Julie,

Thank you for participating in the 2015 New York City Kidney Walk this past weekend to support the National Kidney Foundation (NKF). Your help, along with that of over 75,000 walkers around the country, raised over 8 million dollars this year to fight kidney disease.

73 million Americans 1 in 3 adults are at risk for kidney disease. The worldwide rise of obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure has caused rates of kidney disease to skyrocket, making our work more important than ever. NKF is fighting back against this major and growing public health epidemic through a wide array of efforts on multiple fronts that you help make possible.

We have placed a keen focus on public awareness including free kidney health screenings to increase early detection and a teach-the-teacher approach to present educational seminars on kidney disease and its prevention. Your fundraising efforts also support our patient helpline, staffed by specially trained professionals. Through work in Washington DC, we advocate on behalf of patients and their caregivers to protect and expand Medicare coverage. Continuing to place a priority on research, we fund a grant program to advance the science of treatment and to train tomorrow’s kidney health researchers. All of this is being done thanks to the generosity of walkers like you.

We’ll keep you updated on work that you have helped make possible. We’ve been in the fight against kidney disease for 65 years and our commitment to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease has never been stronger.

Thank you again for participating in the Kidney Walk and fighting kidney disease. I hope you will join us again at another NKF event soon.



Kevin Longino
Chief Executive Officer

The Dennis Bligen Kidney Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in honor of Dennis Bligen, who was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2002.

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