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Teresa Giudice Presents $60,000 to NephCure

photoNEW YORK, NY (April 17, 2012)-- The NephCure Foundation today received a $60,000 donation from The Celebrity Apprentice  through the efforts of contestant and reality television star Teresa Giudice, who at the time was one of the few surviving cast members on the hit NBC primetime show.

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Giudice raised the money when she served as project manager for the April 8 episode task - writing, producing and directing a 60-second TV commercial for Entertainment.com. Entertainment.com and The Celebrity Apprentice offered a $60,000 donation to the winning project manager’s charity and Guidice’s team delivered.  The episode generated 6.5 million viewers for NBC, an increase of 11 per cent over the previous week, according to Entertainment Weekly. The Celebrity Apprentice raised over $3 million for charity last season alone.

Giudice presented the check to nine-year-old kidney disease patient Matthew Levine, of Melville, LI, at a morning press conference today at Trump Tower.   Matthew’s father, Michael Levine, is a member of The NephCure Foundation board of directors.

photo“No one -- especially a child -- should have to deal with FSGS or Nephrotic Syndrome,” said Giudice. “I have met a number of kidney disease patients since I joined up with NephCure. Many of them you wouldn’t even know are sick. They look healthy from the outside, but these diseases are tearing apart their kidneys. Anyone who has FSGS or Nephrotic Syndrome should contact NephCure; they are making a difference. 

“I am so grateful that I can use my platform to help,” she continued. “Life is too short for drama and negativity and my work with NephCure reminds me every day to focus on what really matters in life. Please make a difference and join me in supporting NephCure."

 
FSGS is a leading cause of kidney failure in children and over 8,000 people are diagnosed with FSGS and Nephrotic Syndome each year. The NephCure Foundation is the only organization solely committed to seeking a cause, cure and effective treatments for the kidney disease Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and Nephrotic Syndrome.

NephCure devotes much of its efforts to supporting patient families. Further information for families or potential supporters can be obtained by contacting Nadia Stadnycki at nstadnycki@nephcure.org.

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