Dialysis Community In Action
DCI Desert Dialysis Tucson
2022 East Prince Road, Tucson, AZ 85719
A showdown with tasty desserts and community organizations on hand to help kidney patients.
Location & Address
Ried Park 22nd/Alvernon, Tucson, AZ
On Sunday April 10, 2011, the kidney community came together to show those living with kidney disease how they can enjoy a variety of healthful foods and stay fit on a budget.
The Art Institute of Tucson Culinary Club provided a banquet of healthy sandwich options that can easily be adapted to a full meal preparation. Sandwiches included: Grilled Vegetables and Swiss with arugula and basil pesto aioli on chibata roll, Roast Turkey Breast on Croissant with cranberry aioli and sprouts, Asian Chicken wraps with Hosin BBQ Sauce, julienne carrots and shredded cabbage. They showed how we can use those melons that are not on most patients’ diet by turning them into magnificent table decorations. The Culinary Club and the Pastry Shop at JW Marriot provided tasty treats to top off “battle dessert”. The overall winner of the dessert battle was the Creamy Raspberry Tart from the Pastry Shop. The Key Lime Pie from the Culinary Club placed a close second.
After all the great food what better way to stay fit than to return to our childhood? Patty and Sara Blankenship demonstrated their Hula-Hoop and jump rope skills for those looking for an aerobic workout. Participants looking for a less strenuous way to stay fit, $5 Yoga demonstrated easy yoga poses including some that can even be done from the comfort of the chair. People kept moving by participating in a bean bag toss through Mary Drigger’s holey kidney. Spiderman, the hulk and a few princesses were spotted after visiting Helen Simons face painting table.
In addition to the food and fun we had 11 community agencies represented to share how they can help our kidney community families. The Donor Network of Arizona signed up new donors; The NKF of Arizona provided attendees an opportunity to sign up for the upcoming June 4th KEEP. Many family members of dialysis patients will be taking advantage of this free event at the Santa Rosa Neighborhood Center. The Tucson Community Food Bank provided information about the community pantry programs and the weekend backpack program for kids. SunVan, our local disabled public transportation program, let us know they are for more than just coming to dialysis. Any one unable to use the public bus system can have SunVan take them to the grocery store or to the movies as well as those many medical appointments. The Jewish Family Services Tucson Loan Chest was on hand to share information about assistive devices they can provide on short term or long term loan to those in need.
Some of our visitors saw the event mentioned in the newspaper came to get more information about dialysis and kidney disease as they are close to starting treatment.
Everyone involved had a great time and we are looking to make it happen again next year.
Date & Time
April 10, 2011, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
For More Information
Lee Cauble (520) 327-0007
Full details and program guidelines are posted on www.dciinc.org and the DCI intranet. Acts of Service must be coordinated by DCI employees. All DCI employees are welcome to participate.
* Award money received from winning the online competition for "Best Act of Service" is to be used for DCI clinic educational purposes. For example: Paying for staff education courses, funding Pre-ESRD courses, or to purchase educational items to be used in the clinic.
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