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Illusionist, three-time kidney transplant recipient will keynote Breakfast of Hope May 19

Illusionist, three-time kidney transplant recipient will keynote Breakfast of Hope May 19

Credit: Linda Arredondo Photography

by Jane Pryor, Northwest Kidney Centers

KING5.com

Posted on March 29, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 29 at 11:49 AM

We are excited to have “America’s Got Talent” illusionist Michael Grasso, a Top 10 finalist on the show, keynote Northwest Kidney Centers’ ninth annual Breakfast of Hope fundraising event. As a three-time kidney transplant recipient, Grasso has overcome many obstacles to get where he is today.

Born with a rare disease, Grasso dreams big
“Staying focused on my dreams and goals really made me stronger,” says Grasso, who spent a few months on dialysis before his last transplant. “It helped take my mind off of what was going on and helped me feel so much better.”

Growing up in Philadelphia and Cape May, New Jersey, Grasso always loved magic. But no magic trick could make his kidney disease vanish. Grasso was born with a rare autoimmune disease. The condition, related to Crohn’s disease, is undetectable and incurable.

Grasso recently finished a 30-city tour with other “America’s Got Talent” finalists and is working on bringing his career to new heights. He’s also focused on raising awareness of kidney disease.

Hear Michael Grasso first hand at this year’s event
Sign up to be a table captain! Invite a group of your friends to see Michael and learn more about Northwest Kidney Centers and our work to improve the lives of people with kidney disease. Contact Wendy Stauff at breakfast@nwkidney.org or 206-720-8585 for more information.

During the breakfast, Michael will entertain us with sleight of hand and inspire us as he unveils how he pursues his dreams while living with kidney disease. Funds raised at the breakfast will help support our kidney-specialist pharmacy.
 

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