Wednesday, 02 September 2020 22:23

A Look at Kidney Disease and Ways to Help Toby Chess

Written by John Huetter, Repairer Driven News
Toby Chess, right, hugs his wife, Sheila, after winning one of many Society of Collision Repair Specialists honors. Toby Chess, right, hugs his wife, Sheila, after winning one of many Society of Collision Repair Specialists honors. Provided by Aaron Schulenburg/SCRS


Collision industry trainer, mentor and Hall of Eagles member Toby Chess is among the many Americans suffering severe kidney disease, undergoing dialysis and in need of an organ from a living or deceased donor.

Colleagues have started a GoFundMe fundraiser to help Chess.


“Toby Chess is known throughout our industry, not only as an amazing instructor with a plethora of technical knowledge, but for his willingness to give of himself, impart his knowledge to others and to ALWAYS do the right thing,” the GoFundMe campaign states. “Always the first to step forward and help others, our industry has the opportunity to pay it forward to our dear friend Toby, who is valiantly battling kidney failure as COVID-19 cripples his teaching schedule.


“He has spent his life in service of others within our industry, and now has the opportunity to feel the reciprocal support from an industry that appreciates what he has done. Currently, Toby is undergoing dialysis three times a week, for four hours per treatment. This fund represents a way for an industry that is grateful, to recognize a wonderful man for his decades of service and volunteerism. For anyone that has ever been inspired by his words, motivated by his articles, informed by his seminars or videos, or simply touched by his generosity in sharing information.”


Contributions can be made here.


Chess’ high-profile example might leave collision repairers and other colleagues curious about kidney disease and organ donation as well.


The Centers for Disease Control estimates about 15% of U.S. adults have some form of chronic kidney disease, with nearly all unaware they have it. Simple blood and urine tests will tip off doctors to the presence of the condition. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease said people with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease or a family history of kidney failure are demographics that particularly should get tested.

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