Pro hockey players win for AKF

AKF staff  |  Posted
Fort Wayne Komets hockey team raises money for kidney patients

Whenever the Fort Wayne (Indiana) Komets professional hockey team took to the ice in December, they played to win—both to improve their standing in the ECHL league and to raise money to help kidney patients across the country.

That’s because for each home win, Komets fans had pledged to make donations to the American Kidney Fund. The idea was hatched by Komets player Mike Embach, whose mother Cindy’s kidneys were failing.

The happy ending? Mike’s mom received a transplant in December, and the team had enough home wins to raise over $3,000 for the American Kidney Fund.

We are so grateful to have Mike Embach and the Fort Wayne Komets organization on our KIDNEYNATION team. Because of people like Mike and the generous donors who supported his efforts, we are able to help patients battling kidney disease across the U.S. We wish the Komets many more wins, and wish Cindy Embach good health with her new kidney.


Host a tailgate party, run a race, plan a card night, or host a percentage night at a restaurant. Become a part of KIDNEYNATION and start fundraising your way today. The money you raise will help thousands of patients in the United States access the health care they need to battle kidney disease.

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