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Kidney Foundation event to feature ex-Bill Donald Jones

Former Buffalo Bills receiver Donald Jones will be keynote speaker next month for the Kidney Foundation of Western New York MVP Awards Dinner.

“This year our event will have a sports theme,” event co-chair Ginny Lyons said in a news release. “The silent auction and raffle will consist of sports related items and we will also have some games and trivia activities prior to our sit down dinner.”

Jones, one-half of WGR-AM 550 Sports Radio’s The John Murphy Show, will talk about life growing up in Plainfield, N.J., being diagnosed with an incurable kidney disease, and becoming a kidney transplant survivor.

The awards will honor several individuals and businesses for their contributions to reducing the burden of kidney disease in Western New York. They will include:

– The Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network, which will receive the Barbara Breckenridge Award for Community Service.

– Dr. Liise Kayler, University at Buffalo professor of clinical surgery and program and surgical director of the Erie County Medical Center Transplant Program, will receive the Dr. Joseph R. Gerbasi Award for Clinical Excellence.

– Eastman Machine Co. will receive the Jeff Stolzenburg Legacy

– Jacquelynn Skinner will posthumously receive the Volunteer Recognition Award.

The dinner will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12 at The Protocol restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Amherst. Tables of 10 are $1,500. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call John Alduino at 566-3953.

All money raised will stay local to fund important initiatives led by the Kidney Foundation of Western New York. The foundation seeks to increase community awareness of kidney disease and related diseases while educating, supporting and advocating for people with those diseases.

[Read Buffalo Bills story about the retirement of Donald Jones here]


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