One more highlight to look forward to at the Breakfast of Hope: we will present the annual Clyde Shields Distinguished Service Award to longtime Seattle philanthropist Gladys Rubinstein. Family friend Jody Schwarz will accept on her behalf.
“Gladys Rubinstein has improved the quality of care and extended the lives of thousands of kidney patients throughout the region,” said Joyce F. Jackson, president and CEO of Northwest Kidney Centers. “Our board of trustees selected Gladys because of her deep commitment to use philanthropy to help kidney patients. Her impact has been enormous.”
Gladys’ husband, Sam, received home dialysis under Northwest Kidney Centers’ care for many years. Through generous donations, she has helped us launch significant initiatives:
• “LivingWell with Chronic Kidney Disease,” our nutrition and treatment-choices education program to help people prepare for dialysis and transplantation.
• The Kidney Research Institute, which is now conducting 20 significant federally funded research projects.
• The Sam Rubinstein Home Hemodialysis Training Center, where people learn to give themselves dialysis.
Northwest Kidney Centers bestows the Clyde Shields Distinguished Service Award on a living individual who has contributed significantly to the welfare of kidney patients through advocacy, clinical care or research.
The award is named for a local machinist who in March 1960 became the world’s first patient to receive dialysis on an ongoing basis. Mr. Shields received the first Scribner shunt, a breakthrough dialysis delivery method developed in Seattle. Although Mr. Shields’ kidneys had failed – a death sentence before the innovation – the shunt and regular dialysis helped him survive another 11 years.
The award presentation will be May 19 at our ninth annual Breakfast of Hope fundraising event at the Seattle Westin Hotel. Join us there to honor Gladys Rubinstein and foster optimal health, quality of life and independence for people with kidney disease. Register at www.nwkidney.org/breakfast or contact Wendy Stauff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-720-8585.