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photoEd Hearn Honored at Citi Field
NephCure honors former Met for his work with the Foundation

Ed Hearn, a member of the 1986 New York Mets World Championship Team, was honored Friday, September 10, before the Mets-Phillies game as part of Ed Hearn/NephCure Foundation Night at Citi Field.

Hearn, who filled in capably for the injured Gary Carter during that memorable season, battles the kidney disease, Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). He has had three kidney transplants as part of a continuing ordeal that started shortly after his retirement from baseball in 1991. For the past several years, he has served as an Ambassador for The NephCure Foundation, which funds research into FSGS and Nephrotic Syndrome. These are diseases for which there are no approved treatments and no cure. 

 

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A portion of the cost of tickets purchased for the game through a special link was donated to Nephcure and matched by research institutions including the University of Michigan. As part of the night’s festivities, Hearn signed autographs and greeted fans at NephCure Foundation tables located in the concourses at Citi Field.

Also in attendance was former Mets General Manager Jim Duquette, whose daughter, Lindsey, also suffers from FSGS. A member of The NephCure Foundation Board of Directors, Duquette’s daughter, now eight years-old, was diagnosed with FSGS in 2005 after being rushed to the hospital emergency room directly from Shea Stadium, where she was attending a game with her parents.

An author and motivational speaker, Hearn lives in Kansas City, MO, with his wife, Tricia, and his 16 year- old son, Cody. His perseverance and life messages have inspired audiences all over the country as he travels to hospitals and dialysis centers to bring hope to patients who face similar challenges.

In addition to his kidney disease, Hearn has coped with skin cancer and sleep apnea among myriad other health complications. In 1996, his book, Conquering Life’s Curves, detailed his journey, including the 1986 World Series triumph and the severe health problems and post-operative depression that pushed him to the brink of suicide.

For NephCure, Hearn records public service announcements, makes speaking appearances and participates in fundraising activities in support of NephCure, which has committed over $6 million to research since 2008. In January, Hearn was one of the NephCure’s team leaders for the Chase Community Giving program, helping NephCure secure a $25,000 grant by finishing in the top 100 from among some 500,000 smaller non-profit organizations.


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