Hawkeyes To Volunteer At Chili Dog Fair

Sept. 7, 2005

IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team will be volunteering at the Seventh Annual Chili Dog Fair on Sunday, September 25. The event will be held at the Johnson County 4-H Fairgrounds from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Last year more than 2,000 people enjoyed the live entertainment, children’s events, dog demonstrations and a chili cook-off made up of chili cooks from our community who volunteered their chili and time to raise money for children with MPGN 2.

The Chili Dog Fair is a benefit for Kidneeds, a medical research foundation created in 1997 by a local family because no research was being done on the kidney disease, MPGN 2, which affects their daughter. MPGN 2 is an autoimmune, life-threatening kidney disease that dramatically affects the daily lives of affected people. Usually young people get the disease, and within 5-10 years of diagnosis, 80% require dialysis to live. The disease recurs in transplanted kidneys, which means that most children will be on dialysis all of their lives.

Kidneeds has become the leading funding source for MPGN 2 research in the world. This community and people like the university students and coaches have made this dream a reality and make continued research possible. Kidneeds is a not-for-profit corporation with 501(c)(3) status. 100% of all funds raised goes to research. Unlike many other organizations, no fund-raising or administrative costs are taken from the funds-the entire amount supports the cause.