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Willie Stargell Foundation gifts $120K to Novant

$120,000 will be donated to the Novant New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation for the Willie “Pops” Stargell Dialysis Center, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates before he passed away in 2001. (Courtesy photo)

WILMINGTON — A local nonprofit that focuses on helping people with chronic kidney disease is making a donation to the local hospital foundation.

Willie Stargell Foundation will gift $120,000 to go to Novant New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation for the Willie “Pops” Stargell Dialysis Center. The money donated will go toward state-of-the-art machines and equipment. 

Having opened in 2006, the center provides help to people living with kidney disease. It was named after the baseball hall-of-famer Willie Stargell, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Stargell also suffered with kidney disease and spent the last five years of life receiving dialysis before passing away in 2001 from a stroke.

According to WSF, one in seven American adults — roughly 37 million — have chronic kidney disease.

“I am incredibly thankful the Willie Stargell Foundation continues to assist patients seen in the Willie Stargell Dialysis Unit at Novant Health through the very generous support of our amazing sponsors and donors,” Stargell’s widow, Margaret, stated in a press release. “Without their commitment, this support would not be possible. I know Willie would be so humble and proud of all that is done in his honor and in his name.”

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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