Port Orchard Independent


Transplant patient plans eighth motorcycle run to benefit local kidney association

May 2, 2013 · 11:54 AM

A motorcycle run to raise money for the Olympic Kidney Support Association in Kitsap County this weekend will attract riders from throughout the area.

The eighth Annual Olympic Kidney Support Run is Sunday, May 5, at the Hi-Tides Tavern in Port Orchard.

Event creator and organizer Danny Hoffer, who suffers from Goodpasture’s syndrome, is a two-time kidney transplant recipient who has ridden each year with his fellow bikers in hopes to make someone’s life easier.

When Hoffer started the event in 2006, he was waiting for his second transplant. His friends pledged their support and gave him the idea to create the motorcycle run.

Each year the motorcycle run attracts more motorcycle riders and supporters for the cause, Hoffer said.

“The first two years of the run I was on daily peritoneal dialysis,” Hoffer said. “I was lucky enough to have resources and friends who helped me get by. Some people aren’t that lucky. The goal is to raise funds to help local kidney patients and to raise awareness.”

According to Davita.com, Goodpasture’s syndrome is an unusual autoimmune disorder that can cause lung disease and chronic kidney disease.

A healthy immune system produces antibodies to fight off germs and bacteria.

In Goodpasture’s syndrome, the immune system makes antibodies that attack healthy protein called collagen in the air sacs of the lungs and the glomerular basement membrane of the kidneys.

The attacking substances are called anti-glomerular basement membrane antibodies.

Bleeding in the lungs and inflammation in the kidneys’ blood vessels may occur because the immune system mistakes these healthy tissues as harmful. Without quick diagnosis.

Hoffer said proceeds from the event will benefit Kitsap County kidney dialysis patients who are unable to afford medicine, medical services or basic utilities.

Registration is between 8 and 10 a.m. at the Hi-Tide Tavern. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple.

Commemorative pins will be given to participants. The run will include stops at Rendezous Tavern in Port Orchard, Valley Tavern in Port Hadlock, Eagle Creek Saloon in Lilliwaup, JR’s Hideaway in Belfair and the final stop is the Bethel Saloon in Port Orchard, where live music and a barbecue are planned for participants.

For more information about the event, call 360-621-7281 or email dannyhoffer@yahoo.com.


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