Walk for Kidneys Team Spotlight: RangerRick

June 19, 2015

RangerRick: In Honor of Rick Nasello

Christina Nasello, team captain of RangerRick, wanted to get involved in a community that supports kidney health and awareness. Christina’s husband, Rick, passed away last year from kidney cancer. “I wanted to do something to honor him,” Christina states.

Walk for Kidneys, which is taking place inside Soldier Field on Sunday June, 21, will be Christina’s first event with the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois and the kidney health community. She reached out to family and friends who knew Rick to help support the team.

About 65,000 adults each year in the United States learn that they have kidney cancer. The disease has two forms: renal cell cancer and transitional cell cancer. Rick passed from the former, which affects the lining of the renal tubules in the kidney and may spread to other parts of the body.

Kidney cancer can be found from a doctor who performs blood and urine tests as well as feels the abdominal area for any lumps or masses. Further tests and images of the kidneys and nearby organs are then ordered by the doctor.

The team name, RangerRick, reflects Rick’s nickname, which was inspired by his passion for fishing and the outdoors. Rick was known to plan Father and Son as well as Father and Daughter camping trips. It was on one of these excursions he received the nickname Ranger Rick.  

The team has received overwhelming support from family and friends. “I truly didn’t expect that [many donations],” Christina mentions. “I didn’t try to push the team but wanted to send reminders in case someone wanted to donate.”

“Rick was very loved,” Christina concludes. The RangerRick team has raised nearly $2,000 since March.

To make a donation or read more about RangerRick’s Walk for Kidneys team, click here. To register your own Walk for Kidneys team, visit www.nkfi.org/events/walk.

About the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois improves the health and well-being of people at risk for or affected by kidney disease through prevention, education and empowerment.