Adam Goldberg wanted to give back to the community, so he went to his sister-in-law, a pediatrician, for advice.
"I had the concept to start a nonprofit and asked her what she thought was underfunded, and she thought that kidney disease is something that's been overlooked," said the dental student, who attends the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry.
It didn't matter that the need was outside his field, he said. After he came up with a plan, he met with the staff of the pediatric nephrology department at the MCG Children's Medical Center to discuss it.
"When he approached us with the idea, we thought, 'This is great,' " said Dr. Luis Ortiz, the chief of pediatric nephrology. "This is something we have wanted to do for some time, so we wanted to help in any way we could."
That led Mr. Goldberg to create Changing Lives to raise funds for the department and awareness of pediatric kidney disease.
On Saturday, the organization will sponsor its first fundraiser, a 5K run/walk at Lake Olmstead Park.
"Our goal is $10,000, and I think that is a realistic goal," Mr. Goldberg said. "The money will go toward purchasing blood pressure machines for the pediatric nephrology department."
The money would allow the department to buy about 100 of the blood pressure machines for children, Dr. Ortiz said.
"High blood pressure is a problem with our patients," he said. "They have to control their blood pressure, but without the appropriate equipment it can be difficult to do that."
Mr. Goldberg said he is planning to have other fundraising activities for the department.
"We are incredibly excited about this new organization," he said. "I hope that it will bring awareness about this cause and help to make a difference for the department and the children who depend on it."
For more information on Changing Lives, visit www.changinglives5k.org.
Reach Nikasha Dicks at (706) 823-3336 or email@example.com.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: 5K run/walk
WHEN: 9 a.m. Saturday; registration will begin at 7:15 a.m.
WHERE: Lake Olmstead Park, 2200 Broad St.
ENTRY FEE: $25; for registration forms and other information, go to www.changinglives5k.org.