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April 20, 2013

In memory of Mom: Local woman to participate in Dallas Kidney Walk


PALESTINE — Walking for Awareness

Staff will be participating in the National Kidney Foundation’s 2013 Dallas Kidney Walk on Saturday, April 27 at Lindsley Park.

“My Momma was very active with the National Kidney Foundation and United Network for Organ Sharing until she got sick a few years ago and lost her mobility. I am trying very hard to carry her passion for those two organizations,” Staff said. “The walk has been important to me for years. I grew up knowing that Momma was a transplant recipient, and that she probably wouldn’t live to see me become an adult. She was always active with the NKF, and was the North Texas spokesperson for them for several years when I was little. I knew what they raised money for and how it helped people, as well as providing money for research, early screenings and educating people on the signs of kidney disease. I was a very inquisitive kid and I think I usually asked her doctors more questions than she did when she went for check-ups.”

Now that her mother has passed away, the walk has grown in importance for Staff.

“I walk to honor her life — her long, full life — the one doctors, and even myself never thought she would have, and I walk to spread the word about the importance of organ donation,” Staff said. “I wouldn’t be alive today either if not for my Pa-Pa donating a kidney to Momma.”

To support Staff on this walk, the public can sponsor her with a donation, join her walk team, either as a physical walker or as an online walker. Visit Put in Cherry Staff’s name in the search field, where you can then donate to her personal goal or to the team’s fund-raising goal. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and online donors get an immediate receipt emailed to them.

“I do have a walk team (Kay’s Boot Scooters) and also a personal fundraiser site on the kidney walk site,” Staff said. “People don’t have to donate specifically to me in the Kidney Walk, although it would be awesome if they did.”

To donate directly to the National Kidney Foundation, visit and click on the orange “donate” button on the top right of the page.

“People can donate online there with a memorial gift, an honor gift or a general donation. A donation by mail may also be made by downloading a donation form and mailing it in with their check,” Staff said.

For Staff, walking in the 2013 Dallas Kidney Walk is therapy.

“It’s therapy of a sort for me — a way for me to feel a bit closer to her still,” Staff said.

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