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The Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation
515 Warwick Avenue
Teaneck, NJ 07666



During the past ten years, children at Our Lady of Lourdes School for grades K-8 in Massapequa Park, NY, have been collecting aluminum can tabs to raise money for the Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation. Their efforts have raised hundreds of dollars for the foundation, which pays for two-week camperships for kids with kidney disorders.

Clear water cooler jugs help classes watch
their progress.

Mike Laricchia, a teacher at the school, got the fund-raising idea from a friend. “Ten years ago, a friend asked me to give him the tab from my soda can. He told me a local service organization was collecting tabs, selling them to a scrap metal company, and donating the proceeds to the Gottscho kidney camp program.”

Mike believes there’s a life-long lesson kids learn when they help others in need. He also believes when you help someone else you help yourself as well. Mike gave each class an empty five-gallon water jug for collecting the can tops. The jugs were displayed in the auditorium so each class could follow its progress during the year. The Sewanhaka Life Member Club of the Telephone Pioneers, a service organization of retired telephone company employees, helped the school collect, sort and sell the can tabs. At the end of the school year, the class with the most tabs was treated to a pizza party.

After several years of collecting soda can tabs from many area companies and organizations, the Kidney Transplant Program at Stony Brook University Medical Center donated the $10,000 from the recycled tabs to the foundation’s summer kidney camp program at Frost Valley YMCA.

“The Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation does wonderful work, and we wanted to take part in the recycling program to help support their efforts for the children,” said David Bekofsky, Administrator of the Kidney Transplant Program. Stony Brook was a collection point for tabs contributed by organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, the Grumman Retirement Club, local civic groups, companies, churches and individuals.

Each year, several children and teenagers treated for kidney disease at Stony Brook attend Frost Valley for two weeks. They share cabins and participate in all camp activities with kids who do not have such disorders. One Stony Brook patient, Alana, 15, who has had two kidney transplants, attended the camp several times as a camper and was a counselor-in-training during the 2010 summer. “The camp is awesome,” she says.

Members of the hospital’s transplant program presented the $10,000 check to Judy Gottscho Eichinger, foundation chair, at Stony Brook to mark National Organ Donor Awareness Month.

Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation tribute cards for any occasion are available. The cards are pre-printed, 4 1/2” x 6 1/4“, with matching envelopes.  They tell the recipient you’ve made a contribution to the foundation and include a space for your personalized message.

The cards cost $10 each, six for $50.  To place your order, please mail a check to the
following address:

The Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation
515 Warwick Avenue
Teaneck, NJ 07666

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