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Nephrology

The Inker Family Fund

The Inker Family Fund was created in 2010 through the generosity of Lesley Inker, MD and Ben Inker, in honor of their wedding on January 16, 2011. The Inker Family Fund is under the direction of the Chief of the Division of Nephrology, with an initial goal to provide direct support to kidney patients, whether they are in the Kidney Transplant Program; receiving dialysis through the independent Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (DCI) or another dialysis provider; or receiving any type of treatment for kidney disease.

A committee comprised of Dr. Perrone, Kathleen Murray, MSW (dialysis social worker), Katie Saunders, MSW (transplant social worker) and Linda Mazzola, RN (pediatric nephrology nurse) has the discretion to easily meet patient needs based on the Inker Family Fund criteria. Funds are available to provide emergency support to patients with kidney disease for which there are no other sources of support.

We are extremely honored by the following Founding Gifts to the Inker Family Fund:

Individual Donors
Dr. Lesley Inker & Mr. Benjamin L. Inker (Fund founders)
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Beaser
Mr. and Mrs. Ray A. Beaser
Mr. and Mrs. Murray Blankstein
Dr. and Mrs. Barry Borden
Dr. Ilana Braun and Mr. Jed Wise
Ms. Rhoda Brown
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Cohen
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Cohen
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cohen
Dr. Josef Coresh and Dr. Michelle J. Hindin
Mr. and Mrs. Domenic Esposito
Mr. Morley Faber and Dr. Adeera Levin
Dr. and Mrs. Irv Feferman
Ms. Elizabeth J. Fitzgerald
Dr. Don Gaddy
Dr. Lisa Gilbert and Dr. Scott Gilbert
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Goldman
Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Goldstein
Mr. and Mrs. Campe Goodman
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Grantham
Dr. and Mrs. Bernard Grodzinski
Ms. Mimi Hollenberg
Mr. David C. Jacobson and Ms. Rochelle K. Greene
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew J. Kadnar
Mr and Mrs William Kassel
Mr. and Mrs. Josef Kastner
Ms. Ruth L. Kastner
Dr. Jessica Kirshner and Mr. Dan Sommers
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Koskie
Ms. Diane A. Lapon
Mr. Ivan Lehon and Ms. Tal Kastner
Dr. Andrew S. Levey and Dr. Roberta Falke
Dr. Julie Maggi
Dr. and Mrs. Herb Marcus
Mr. Ken Miller and Dr. Debra Miller
Ms. Alexandra C. Moller
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Offner
Ms. Alison Osattin
Mr. and Mrs. Kirk A. Ott
Ms. Ronna J. Perlmutter
Dr. and Mrs. Alan D. Persky
Mr. and Mrs. M. Laurence Popofsky
Mr. and Mrs. Morton Prager
Mrs. Nancy Prussky and Mr. Ronald Steinberg
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rabieh
Dr. and Mrs. Anthoney Rebuck
Ms. Guinnevere Roberts and Mr. Timothy D. Male
Mr. and Mrs. James Sallinger
Ms. Maxine Savitz
Ms. Kerri Scharr and Dr. Daniel Weiner
Mr. Roger A. Seltzer
Mr. Jamie Shields and Ms. Shawna Colvin
Mr. and Mrs. Murray A. Silver
Mr. and Mrs. Hy Spector
Ms. Ann M. Spruill
Dr. and Mrs. Howard Stevens
Dr. Ali Taradash and Mr. Jeremy Dacks
Dr. Joshua Tepper
Dr. and Mrs. George Theodosiou
Dr. Kathryn Tinckam and Mr. Takashi Yamahito
Ms. Donna Valikoff
Mr. and Mrs. George Weinberger
Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wener
Rabbi Eric and Amy Yoffie
Dr. and Mrs. Harvey Zimmerman

Corporate/Institutional Donors
Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co., LLC (Matching gift)
The Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin Charitable Foundation

We are grateful for the following donations to the Inker Family Fund in 2012:

Individual Donors
Ms. Jennifer Inker and Mr. Timothy Pynchon
Dr. Lesley Inker and Mr. Benjamin L. Inker
Mr. Jeremy Lapon and Ms. Denise Lapon
Mr. and Mrs. Scott M. Lopez
Dr. Klemens Meyer and Dr. Laura Perlo
Mr. and Mrs. Hyman Spector
Ms. Donna Valikoff
Mr. and Mrs. George Weinberger

Corporate/Institutional Donors
The Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin Charitable Foundation

A number of Division members have donated to the Inker Fund via Tufts Medical Center’s I Care Campaign.

The following are examples of basic necessities that have been provided by the Inker Family Fund in 2012:

  • Winter coats, shoes, and other clothing necessities
  • Utility payments (e.g., gas, electric, oil) and rent
  • Medical and insurance co-payments and uncovered dental expenses
  • Grocery store gift cards
  • Medical devices (e.g., blood pressure cuffs) not covered by insurance

The following are examples of the more extraordinary disbursements in 2012:

  • Dental work for transplant patients who have no insurance.
  • Support for a donor who was recently laid off and still wanted to donate (thus delaying her ability to look for a job).
  • A plane ticket for a person donating who could not otherwise afford to come.
  • Paying an insurance premium for a newly transplanted patient so they could keep their medical insurance.
  • Student loan payment.