Kidney Foundation Announces Award From the Jack G. Mc Cray Memorial Fund

Mr. James Wilson of Lodi, Ohio received a grant from the Jack G. Mc Cray Memorial Fund to assist him in returning to work. A Lodi native, Wilson is a 1980 graduate of Cloverleaf High School and The Ohio Center for Broadcasting. He has extensive experience in the recording industry. (It’s his voice you hear when a Maibach’s Furniture commercial is aired!) He worked at numerous radio stations including WHIO/WHKO in Dayton, and was last employed by WONE/WQMX in Akron.

His story is familiar to many who suffer from kidney disease–employment is tenuous because of their use of sick days and vacation time for doctor appointments, treatments, or because of overwhelming fatigue–a hallmark of advanced kidney disease.

Wilson has been receiving hemodialysis treatments for over three years due to his inherited Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). He and his wife of 24 years, Liz, are currently attending NxStage Home Hemodialysis training in Akron in preparation to perform Wilson’s treatments at home. He is grateful to his mother Barbara Wilson for opening her home to ease the couple’s financial burden. A poignant result–Wilson will be administering his hemodialysis treatments in the same room his mother administered hers 26 years ago before she received a kidney transplant.

Wilson applied to the Mc Cray Memorial Fund to purchase equipment to set up a audio recording studio in his home where he plans to continue to record radio and TV commercials as well as recordings for “on hold” messages for phone systems. Applications are reviewed by the Mc Cray Committee of the Kidney Foundation of Medina County. Members of the committee are Jack’s Family–his widow Betty J. Mc Cray, daughters Maureen Lawrence, Sheila Mc Cray-Haskell, and son Kevin Mc Cray. Delbert E. Craner, M.D., and Patricia Keel (both Emeritus Trustees of the Foundation) are also members of this committee.