Papa John’s Raises More than $40 Thousand with the Shaq-a-Roni Pizza

Funding will support families and communities across Canada

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Papa John’s Canada announced the company raised more than $40 thousand through sales of the Shaq-a-Roni pizza for Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada to help address challenges posed by COVID-19 for kids and families, and to drive leadership development programs for kids in local communities.

“Thanks to the generosity of each customer who ordered a Shaq-a-Roni pizza and the support of our franchisees and team members, we raised more than $40 thousand to support a cause very close to my heart,” said Shaquille O’Neal, Papa John’s Board Member and franchise owner.

One dollar from every Shaq-a-Roni sold between June 29 and August 23 was donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada.

“The money raised through the Shaq-a-Roni is going to incredible organizations that support causes like COVID-19 relief and the fight against racial injustice,” said Shaquille O’Neal. “As a Boys & Girls Clubs alum, I know the impact Papa John’s continued support is having on these kids and their families’ lives.”

“Papa John’s has been fortunate during the pandemic, as we have been able to deliver food to people who want or need to stay at home. It’s our privilege to both feed our communities and give back during these challenging times,” said Rob Lynch, president and CEO of Papa John’s. “Last year we launched The Papa John’s Foundation for Building Community, aligned with our company values of People First, Do the Right Thing and Everyone Belongs. Especially in these times of need, we’re proud to continue our work towards equality, fairness, respect and opportunity for all through our ongoing partnerships like Boys & Girls Clubs.”

“It has been incredible to see the enthusiasm of Shaq, the Papa John’s Canada corporate team, and local franchisees as they bring this partnership north of the border,” said Owen Charters, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada. “Our counterparts at Boys & Girls Clubs of America have been working with Shaq and Papa John’s for quite a while, so working with us was a natural fit—and more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful for their generous donations and advocacy for our Clubs, and we look forward to building this partnership here in Canada.”

The Shaq-a-Roni, offered for a limited time, is an extra-large pizza made with Papa John’s fresh, never-frozen six ingredient dough, topped with extra cheese and extra pepperoni, then cut into Papa John’s largest slice size to-date. More information about the Shaq-a-Roni pizza, including the Papa John’s Foundation and its grantees, can be found at www.papajohns.com/foundation.

About Papa John’s
Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) opened its doors in 1984 with one goal in mind: BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA.® Papa John’s believes that using high quality ingredients leads to superior-quality pizzas. Its original dough is made of only six ingredients and is fresh, never frozen. Papa John’s tops its pizzas with real cheese made

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National Kidney Foundation Appoints Johns Hopkins Nephrologist to Board of Directors

National Kidney Foundation Appoints Johns Hopkins Nephrologist to Board of Directors

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NEW YORK, Oct. 19, 2020

NEW YORK, Oct. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is pleased to announce the appointment of nephrologist Dr. Sumeska Thavarajah of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to its national Board of Directors.

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is pleased to announce the appointment of nephrologist Dr. Sumeska Thavarajah of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to its national Board of Directors.
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is pleased to announce the appointment of nephrologist Dr. Sumeska Thavarajah of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to its national Board of Directors.

Dr. Thavarajah is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology. She has a demonstrated commitment to increasing education and community awareness of kidney disease noted through her work with the foundation’s local office NKF Serving Maryland and Delaware (NKF MDDE).

“As a daughter of a nephrologist, I have grown up learning about the challenges and needs of those with kidney disease,” Dr. Thavarajah said. “I am excited by the opportunity to work with others committed to bettering the lives of those with kidney disease through education efforts and advocacy.”  

Dr. Thavarajah served as the NKF MDDE-Medical Advisory Board Chair from 2014 to 2020 and has been a member of the board since 2013. Much of her work at Johns Hopkins and the local NKF has focused on the development of patient education programs, including videos, live classes, and patient conferences with an emphasis on understanding kidney disease, dialysis modalities, and transplant options.

“We look forward to having Sumeska’s voice on the Board as we work to advance kidney health in the United States,” said Anthony E. Tuggle, NKF Chair. “With 37 million adults in the U.S. affected by kidney disease, it has never been more important to get the attention of the 90 percent of those who don’t know they have it.”

Dr. Thavarajah is very involved in clinical care and operations serving as medical director for the nephrology clinic and acute dialysis services at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (JHBMC) and the FMC Merritt outpatient dialysis unit. Dr. Thavarajah joined the JHBMC Nephrology editorial board in October 2019 as a blog editor for the journal.

The NKF Board of Directors consists of leaders in their communities who have been affected by kidney disease. They are nephrologists, kidney healthcare professionals, living donors, transplant recipients, care partners, top executives with diverse business experience, and civic leaders. The Board meets three times per year and is charged with fiduciary, fundraising, and governance responsibilities for NKF. Board members serve a term of three years and may be elected for a second term.     

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In the United States, 37 million adults are estimated to have chronic kidney disease—and approximately 90 percent don’t know they have it.  One in 3 adults in the U.S. are at risk for chronic kidney disease.  Risk factors for kidney disease include: diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and family history. People of Black or

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