Benefit to help kidney patients

TUPELO – The North Mississippi Kidney Foundation will hold its ninth annual golf tournament April 25 to raise funds for needy dialysis patients.
Participants will compete for prizes at the Natchez Trace Golf Club while donating their time to a good cause, said foundation spokesman Keith Spotes.
The event kicks off at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and registration, followed by a 1 p.m. shotgun start.
Registration is $70 per person in advance, $75 at the door. All money goes to the foundation, which helps dialysis patients pay for medications, transportation and other emergency financial needs related to their treatments.
“Right now we’re available for about 800 people, but not everybody on dialysis needs our help,” Spotes said. “Many do, though, and we need to raise money to help them.”
Kidneys remove impurities from the body. When the kidneys fail, people must remove impurities through a medical procedure called dialysis. It’s performed several times a week, either at home or in a hospital.
Percy Jones of West Point sought help through the foundation when he went on dialysis seven years ago. The group helped pay for his medication and other expenses when money got tight, he said.
“North Mississippi Kidney Foundation was also instrumental in getting my kidney,” said Jones, who had a transplant in 2007. “They stayed with me through rough times and encouraging me to continue.”
Now Jones is a member of the board. He said he’d like to see the foundation continue its mission of helping people throughout the region. But the group needs funds to operate.
The tournament “is one of the ways to support the kidney foundation so they can help other patients,” Jones said. “They need support … so they can support others.”

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