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Elm Grove resident and Medical College of Wisconsin’s John A. Weigelt dances the Swing for National Kidney Foundation’s Spotlight on Life

Jan. 21, 2013

Seven local transplant and organ procurement health care representatives, including Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) Professor of Surgery Dr. John A. Weigelt will be in the spotlight on Saturday, January 26, participating in a ballroom dance competition to support organ donation and promote awareness of Wisconsin’s online donor registry (www.YesIWillWisconsin.com) as well as the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin (NKFW).

Dr. Weigelt, also MCW’s Department of Surgery Chief of the Division of Trauma and Critical Care, will be dancing the Swing to pay tribute to the second chances that are made possible through the miracle of transplantation and the gift of organ donation. Modeled after the popular Dancing with the Stars, participants have been training with professional partners from Fred Astaire Dance Studios, and will be performing a variety of ballroom dances. Similar to the television program, the community is encouraged to vote for their favorite dancer by visiting www.spotlightonlife.org. Votes cost $1 each, and all proceeds raised will be used to support the organ donor awareness and transplant education programs of the NKFW.

“There are thousands of men, women and children in Wisconsin who are waiting for transplants that will save their lives,” said Cindy Huber, CEO of the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin. “This event was created to highlight the necessity for increased organ, tissue and eye donations, and we are thrilled that so many health care professionals are supporting this cause.”

Tickets for the Spotlight on Life benefit event are still available. To purchase, or for more information, call 262-821-0705, ext. 12. The event will also be live-streamed the night of Saturday, January 26. For more information, visit www.spotlightonlife.org.

National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin
The National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin (NKFW) is a voluntary health organization dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation. NKFW proudly offers medical, educational, research and prevention programs to provide help and hope to kidney patients, and to ensure recipients of all organs lead richer, fuller lives.

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