Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. to visit River Forest for National Kidney Month

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By Community Editor

Courtesy Mary Alfieri

Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr., sponsored by Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), is embarking on a tour of four U.S. cities during March in recognition of National Kidney Month. McCargo – host of the Food Network show "Big Daddy's House" – will visit FMCNA clinics in each city to meet with dialysis patients and their families to share kidney-friendly cooking tips, food samples and recipes developed in collaboration with FMCNA dietitians. He will also unveil a new recipe in each city, influenced by that region's cuisine. More information is available at www.ultracare-dialysis.com/kidneymonth.

WHO: Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr., host of the Food Network show "Big Daddy's House."

WHAT: McCargo will share kidney-friendly cooking tips, food samples and recipes with dialysis patients and their families at two Chicago FMCNA dialysis clinics. He also will unveil a recipe he created for Chicago food enthusiasts, influenced by the region's own cuisine.

WHY: There are an estimated 26 million Americans with chronic kidney disease (CKD). CKD is a progressive, usually permanent loss of kidney function. Many people who have CKD are still in the early stages of the disease, but by the time CKD leads to kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease (ESRD), the only treatments are a kidney transplant or dialysis.

WHEN: On Thursday, March 14, McCargo will be at Fresenius Medical Care South Chicago from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
He will be at Fresenius Medical Care River Forest from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Fresenius Medical Care South Chicago
9200 S. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Ill.

Fresenius Medical Care River Forest
103 Forest Ave.
River Forest, Ill.

About Fresenius Medical Care North America

Through our leading network of more than 2,100 dialysis facilities in North America and our vascular access centers, laboratory, pharmacy and affiliated hospitals and nephrology practices, Fresenius Medical Care provides renal services to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. We are also the continent's top producer of dialysis equipment, dialyzers and related disposable products and a major supplier of renal pharmaceuticals.

For more information about the company, visit www.fmcna.com; for information about patient services, visit www.ultracare-dialysis.com.

About Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr.

Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. competed on and won season four of "The Next Food Network Star" in 2008, beating out thousands of culinary hopefuls for the ultimate dream job – his own Food Network show. "Big Daddy's House" premiered in 2008 and continues to be a success. On "Big Daddy's House," Aaron shares his passion for big, bold flavors and fun, family cooking, bringing a down-to-earth vibe and warm smile to the kitchen. He recently published his first cookbook, "Simply Done, Well Done." Whether cooking with his children, relatives, friends, or even by himself, big food and big fun reign supreme.

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