[SADDLE BROOK, NJ, February 22, 2023]- The “A Kidney For Mommom” campaign will be hosting a walk-in donor drive on Saturday, March 25th 2023 at Saddle Brook Veterinary Center in Saddle Brook, NJ from 11am-4pm. The event will be held in conjunction with National Kidney Month and hosted by Saddle Brook, NJ resident/campaign director, TJ Sullivan.
TJ is the grandson of Theresa “Terry” LaBarck of Wayne, NJ. Terry (who her grandkids lovingly call Mommom) has survived with Polycystic Kidney Disease, a genetic and painful disease that causes fluid-filled growths on the kidneys, for over 30 years. She has dealt with high blood pressure, severe pain/cramps and fatigue. She is currently in end stage renal failure. Dialysis, the love and support from her family and the prospect of “hope,” is the only thing keeping her alive. A few years ago, TJ launched a campaign, effectively called “A Kidney For Mommom,” to find a living kidney donor for his beloved grandmother.
Saddle Brook Veterinary Center, open since 2019, is a local business in Saddle Brook, NJ. The location is 390A Market Street in Saddle Brook, NJ. The clinic, owned and operated by Dr. Genna Aronovici, has been graciously donated for this occasion. TJ’s mom (and Terry’s first-born daughter, Sharen) is the office manager there. At this drive, the campaign will be selling all NEW merchandise (including hoodie sweatshirts, tumblers, mugs, baseball caps and pens); the campaign will have information on organ donation, along with donor candidate forms to fill out- for those interested in becoming Terry’s possible kidney donor. There will also be raffle prizes including gift certificates, gift baskets and sports memorabilia. All proceeds will go towards medical bills and other finances including post-op care for Terry- if a transplant occurs. Another local business, Mucci’s Italian Market- located at 203 Market Street in Saddle Brook, NJ- will offer a variety of refreshments for those that stop by to take part in the drive. Mucci’s Italian Market is owned by TJ’s aunt (and Terry’s second-born daughter, Renee.)
National Kidney Month is recognized every March in an effort to raise awareness on kidney health and kidney disease. It’s also an opportunity to get people interested in their own kidney health, as well. For more information on the ‘A Kidney For Mommom’ campaign and this event, the campaign urges the community to visit their newly relaunched and revamped website, www.akidneyformommom.com