Sensiba San Filippo is participating in the 2017 East Bay Kidney Walk happening on Sunday, June 4th in San Ramon. The Kidney Walk is a fun 5k walk, open to family, friends and even pets! Join team Kicking Assets and Taking Names in walking to fight kidney disease.
At SSF, our community participation follows our people’s passions and interest. As a firm we are walking to support our Audit Parnter, Frank Balestreri’s wife, Joanna. Here is Frank’s story.
Nearly 10 years ago, my wife received a live donor kidney from our sister-in-law. It was a day that forever changed both of their lives and brought them closer together.
My wife Joanna has battled kidney related issues for most of her life. Growing up, while other kids were looking forward to breaks from school, her life was filled with several trips to the Children’s Hospital for multiple surgeries. Fortunately, it was what we affectionately refer to as “bad plumbing” and not full on kidney disease. Her Doctors stabilized her for many years with the equivalent of 1/3 of a kidney. Unfortunately with age, her kidney function began to decline and she was facing having to go onto dialysis. If you don’t know, while dialysis does help, it is also very invasive and has a big impact on quality of life.
When faced with potentially having to go on to dialysis, the Doctors began educating us about live donor transplantation. It was daunting. How do you go about asking someone to give up something like that for you? At UCSF, they walked us through the entire process, including the screening of potential donors. This is not something that happens overnight. The Doctors and staff at UCSF were nothing short of amazing. Ultimately, after testing many people, our sister-in-law was determined to be the best match. She saved my wife’s life.
I am very thankful to the firm for supporting the Kidney Foundation and their mission to save lives.
I am inviting you to join me in the fight against kidney disease by signing up to walk with the official Sensiba San Filippo Kidney Walk Team, Team Kicking Assets and Taking Names. For more details on the Walk, and to join our team, please visit our Team Page. Once you’re on the site, follow the easy steps to join our team. Be sure to ask your family, friends and neighbors to join your efforts.
Sensiba San Filippo has committed to raise a total of $10,000. Last year, we raised $7,000. We are confident we can rock that goal. To encourage participation and build spirit around this year’s Kidney Walk, Frank is will to “take one for the team.” Here are a few fundraising incentives if you would like to support our team with a donation:
- $500 – everyone who raises $500 will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a day at a
Giants game with Frank.
- $1,000 – everyone who raises $1,000 will be entered into a drawing for a chance to go to a Giants game with a friend of choice
- PIE! – The day of the walk, Frank will host an after party where he will proudly take a pie to the face for every $1,000 raised! Anyone who raised that money will have the opportunity to throw a pie, and if you are not able to attend, no problem. We will stream the pie event on Facebook Live from our SSF page.
Thank you in advance for your support, Joanna, Frank and the entire SSF Family greatly appreciate it. We only hope to find a cure soon, so no one has to endure this battle.