About the event
Dear Potential Sponsor/Partner,
We hope you will join us for the second annual CAR(E)FEST 2018 event to be held Saturday, October 20th, 2018 at Spevco, Inc. CAR(E)FEST is a fundraising and outreach event put on by The Forever is Tomorrow Foundation, Inc., a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to raise awareness for kidney disease, dialysis and transplantation both in the local community as well as globally, while also building a resource of inspiration and hope for patients afflicted and their loved ones. This mission is served in many ways, including through video series telling patient stories, highlighting research and educating the public, distributed online through social media, while also doing several events & awareness campaigns in the local community and establishing a fund to assist local dialysis patients.
WHAT IS CAR(E)FEST?
A family friendly car show/cruise-in & festival with cars & motorcycles, live music, food trucks, games and vendors. After a successful event last year drawing about 40 cars and a crowd of several hundred people, at Foothills Brewing Tasting Room, we are switching venues and holding this year’s event at Spevco Inc. with the hopes of growing on last year’s event and making it even more epic in size.
The day will feature music and performances by local musicians and artists, currently, confirmed are (subject to change):
Karon Click & the Hot Licks
Spoken Word performance by: LB the Poet
FOOD TRUCKS/FOOD VENDORS CONFIRMED:
Mojito Mobile Kitchen
We are working on putting together an outdoor artisan/craft market for this year’s event.
Why should you sponsor?
WHY GET INVOLVED?
In addition to supporting The Forever is Tomorrow Foundation’s mission and supporting local patients who are forced to juggle life around dialysis, there are many benefits for becoming a sponsor/partner, including:
Projected attendance: 2500+
As a fundraising event for The Forever is Tomorrow Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, your contributions may be fully or partially tax-deductible.
CAR(E)FEST attracts community attendees most likely to support our cause, who have philanthropic values and have been affected by kidney disease, a disease that continues to affect Americans at a growing rate and is the 9th leading cause of death in the United States.
YOUR SUPPORT EXTENDS BEYOND THE FOREVER IS TOMORROW FOUNDATION
The Forever is Tomorrow Foundation realizes the value of community collaboration and the need for partnerships to grow our mission and build support for the local kidney patient community not only serving as a resource for patients, but also building a strong system to educate the public and shed light on this disease that affects everyone’s life, not just the patients enduring it.
KIDNEY DISEASE STATISTICS
As you consider partnering with us on this event or in future endeavors please take a moment to look over the below statistics and see why this is a cause we are passionate about:
• Every day, 13 people die waiting for a kidney.
• Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the United States.
• Every year, kidney disease kills more people than breast or prostate cancer.
• 1 in 3 American adults is currently at risk for developing kidney disease.
• 26 million American adults have kidney disease -- and most don't know it.
• High blood pressure and diabetes are the two leading causes of kidney disease.
• Major risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, family history of kidney failure and being age 60 or older.
Additional risk factors include kidney stones, smoking, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
• In 2013, more than 47,000 Americans died from kidney disease.
• More than 661,000 Americans have kidney failure. Of these, 468,000 individuals are on dialysis and approximately 193,000 live with a functioning kidney transplant.
• Of more than 121,000 people waiting for lifesaving organ transplants in the U.S., 100,791 await kidney transplants (as of 1/11/16). Fewer than 17,000 people receive one each year.
• Over 29 million American adults have diabetes, of these, nearly 8.1 million are undiagnosed.
• More than 35% of all people age 20 or older with diabetes have kidney disease.
• Patients suffering from renal failure are prescribed dialysis when a kidney is working at 10 to 15 percent or less of its capacity.
• About 398,000 Americans with ESRD rely on some form of dialysis to keep them alive.
• Over 3,000 new patients are added to the kidney waiting list each month.
• Every 14 minutes someone is added to the kidney transplant list.
• In 2014, 4,761 patients died while waiting for a kidney transplant, another, 3,668 people became too sick to receive a kidney transplant.
• In 2014, 17,107 kidney transplants took place in the US. Of these, 11,570 came from deceased donors and 5,537 came from living donors.
The Forever is Tomorrow Foundation will bring hope to those fighting kidney disease while raising awareness and providing education about their struggle to the public.
Scott Burton was born May 28th, 1982 with a posterior urethral valve blockage that damaged his kidneys. In his words, “My parents were told I wouldn’t survive two days but I did. They told my parents my kidneys would fail within two years and they were wrong.” Scott’s early life was a rollercoaster, growing up in and out of the hospital, countless surgeries, monthly checkups and monitoring, waiting for inevitable kidney failure. A couple months before his 12th birthday, they failed and Scott was put on dialysis and the waiting list for a kidney transplant. At that time, the average wait time for a pediatric patient was two years. This forced him to juggle the stress of being a teenager with infections, hospitalizations, and an awareness of mortality at an early age. Scott has said that he “came to realize just how precious a moment is and how quickly life can turn upside down.”
After four long years, on May 17th, 1999, he received a cadaver kidney through the list and what he thought would be a normal life again. Yes, it opened up more freedom, but due to the kidney being a poor match, he was in and out of the hospital for episodes of rejection and treated with high dose steroids to try and keep it working. Still, Scott finished high school and went on to study film production at UNC Wilmington. From August 2001 to January 2003, he struggled to stay in school but every break from his studies included a trip to the hospital for anti-rejection drugs. Finally in January 2003, it was determined that the battle to save the kidney was lost and Scott was put back on dialysis. He withdrew from school and was put back on the transplant waiting list.
His spirits were high at first, confident this was only a bump in the road and he would get a transplant and go back to pursuing his dreams in short order. Unfortunately, as the years went on, the waiting and uncertainty began to take their toll. Sitting in a dialysis chair three times a week with nothing to do but think for hours became an intensely emotional trial. Efforts to establish a balanced life without losing sight of his passion and dreams became difficult to maintain. Writing became a release; it served as an outlet for his own feelings and helped him find his way of coping with the constant unknowns looming overhead. He got back in school, starting at UNC Greensboro in August of 2006; going to dialysis 3 days a week, attending classes full time and making the daily commute to Greensboro. During these busy years, Scott focused on his writing and released a book of poetry reflecting on his medical journey; an honest and deep investigation of his emotions, the hopeful and dark, the painful and joyous.
Scott received his Bachelor’s Degree in Media Studies with a Concentration in Film & TV Production in May 2010. He published his poetry collection soon afterward. Steady employment that would work around his dialysis schedule proved difficult to find. He began charting his own path to stability while working in marketing, public relations, and video production. In August of 2015, twelve years since going back on dialysis, Scott was still waiting for a transplant even though multiple family members and close friends had stepped up to be tested. With no donor matches, he began reevaluating his path, questioning his purpose and why had he been forced to deal with so many medical setbacks. It was at this time that he had an idea, why not take everything he has learned in his life, everything he has had to go through, and use his passion for art to turn it into something positive.
It was here that the Forever is Tomorrow Foundation was born. Scott set out to take the same discipline and drive evident in his story so far and use it to raise awareness for kidney disease and build a resource for patients in need of hope and inspiration. Scott wants others facing kidney disease to know that they are not alone. He plans to use his background in video production and marketing to make sure they hear the message.
I have spent my whole life fighting, rising up when the odds were against me, and taking it as a challenge whenever anyone told me I couldn’t do something. I have always found beauty in the small things and felt that life is more about what you leave behind than what you have while you’re here. I’ve always believed that we are all struggling in our own ways, but at any given moment, an opportunity or idea would present itself to make everything suddenly make sense. I’ve always hoped somehow; I would be able to find a way to impact the world or at least one person in a positive way. The Forever is Tomorrow Foundation is the culmination of everything I’ve been through, observed and learned, it is fueled by my desire to help others. I want to take a lifetime of struggle with pain and uncertainty and turn it into something positive. Whether I live a day or another thirty years, this is my way of putting something together that can continue to help, inspire and maybe even bring about much needed change in the lives of those inflicted with kidney disease. I hope you will consider supporting the Forever is Tomorrow Foundation and joining us as we set out on this journey.
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