April is Donate Life Month and to celebrate, Bryson DeChambeau is teaming up with the National Kidney Foundation Golf Classic to help raise funds and promote kidney health and donation.
DeChambeau will take part in the NKF Birdie Challenge during the month of April. During starts at the Shell Houston Open, RBC Heritage, Valero Texas Open and Zurich Classic, DeChambeau will donate $250 per birdie and $500 per eagle to the National Kidney Foundation. He will also challenge his social-media followers and fans to donate, as well.
“My father, Jon DeChambeau, has had diabetes for 27 years,” DeChambeau said. “His kidneys failed, and he relied on lengthy dialysis treatments nearly every other day to simply stay alive. “On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, his life was changed when he received the gift of life – the donation of a kidney from a living donor, a high school friend. That’s why I am proud to partner with the National Kidney Foundation and the Fresno Nephrology Kidney Foundation in my hometown to help raise funds for the promotion of organ donation and kidney health.”
In the U.S., more than 100,000 people are currently waiting for kidney transplant. Just 18,000 of those people will receive a transplant this year, and 4,000 people will die waiting. The wait for a kidney from a deceased donor is long, and studies show that the best-functioning and longest-lasting kidneys from from live donors. People can live long, healthy lives with just one kidney.
“We’re very excited that Bryson has teamed up with us and will use his talents to support the vital causes we champion every day,” said National Kidney Foundation CEO Kevin Longino, who received a kidney transplant 12 years ago. “Of course, we wish Bryson the very best on Tour and encourage everyone to make their own Birdie Challenge pledge and meet or exceed his results.”
The NKF Golf Classic, a nationwide series of more than 30 golf tournaments held in major cities across the country, raises more than $3.5 million each year for the National Kidney Foundation and has exceeded more than $100 million to date. Top finishing teams at each event earn an invite to the NKF Golf Classic National Finals at Pebble Beach on Jan. 18-21, 2018.