Dave Thomas, National Kidney Foundation to Launch Awareness Campaign

Wendy's Founder Supports Active Living with Dialysis



Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from Wendy's International, Inc.

    DUBLIN, Ohio, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Dave Thomas, Wendy's founder and
 advertising spokesperson, announced plans to support the National Kidney
 Foundation through an ongoing awareness program.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010419/CLTH012 )
     Thomas, 68, who recently became one of more than 270,000 Americans
 undergoing regular, routine kidney dialysis, has agreed to help the Kidney
 Foundation on an awareness campaign.  He has been a dialysis patient since
 early this year.
     "The National Kidney Foundation is proud to welcome Dave Thomas to our
 family," said John Davis, chief executive officer of the National Kidney
 Foundation.  "We know his successful experience combining dialysis with an
 active schedule and productive life will be a tremendous motivator for others
 whose life goes on after their kidneys no longer function properly.  We look
 forward to working with Dave to bring that message to everyone in America.
 His popularity as a spokesman for Wendy's will serve our cause well as he
 tells his personal story."
     Thomas said, "I'm doing fine, and I'm glad to be able to assist the Kidney
 Foundation in raising awareness for this important cause.  I'm proof that with
 regular dialysis, you can continue with daily activities and enjoy the things
 you love to do."
     Thomas recently completed filming his 725th advertising commercial and
 celebrated the 12th anniversary of the award-winning campaign.  He plans to
 film new commercials in the next month and will continue his strong commitment
 to promoting adoption through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
     According to the National Kidney Foundation, people on dialysis can lead
 active lives while incorporating dialysis into their schedules.  Several well-
 known celebrities with conditions affecting their kidneys include NBA stars
 Alonzo Mourning and Sean Elliot (who received a transplant); Oscar Robertson,
 who donated a kidney to his daughter.
 
 

SOURCE Wendy's International, Inc.
    DUBLIN, Ohio, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Dave Thomas, Wendy's founder and
 advertising spokesperson, announced plans to support the National Kidney
 Foundation through an ongoing awareness program.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010419/CLTH012 )
     Thomas, 68, who recently became one of more than 270,000 Americans
 undergoing regular, routine kidney dialysis, has agreed to help the Kidney
 Foundation on an awareness campaign.  He has been a dialysis patient since
 early this year.
     "The National Kidney Foundation is proud to welcome Dave Thomas to our
 family," said John Davis, chief executive officer of the National Kidney
 Foundation.  "We know his successful experience combining dialysis with an
 active schedule and productive life will be a tremendous motivator for others
 whose life goes on after their kidneys no longer function properly.  We look
 forward to working with Dave to bring that message to everyone in America.
 His popularity as a spokesman for Wendy's will serve our cause well as he
 tells his personal story."
     Thomas said, "I'm doing fine, and I'm glad to be able to assist the Kidney
 Foundation in raising awareness for this important cause.  I'm proof that with
 regular dialysis, you can continue with daily activities and enjoy the things
 you love to do."
     Thomas recently completed filming his 725th advertising commercial and
 celebrated the 12th anniversary of the award-winning campaign.  He plans to
 film new commercials in the next month and will continue his strong commitment
 to promoting adoption through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
     According to the National Kidney Foundation, people on dialysis can lead
 active lives while incorporating dialysis into their schedules.  Several well-
 known celebrities with conditions affecting their kidneys include NBA stars
 Alonzo Mourning and Sean Elliot (who received a transplant); Oscar Robertson,
 who donated a kidney to his daughter.
 
 SOURCE  Wendy's International, Inc.

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