Making Waves in the Advancement of Renal Care
Each year, Texas Oilman’s Bass Charities (TOBC) has a fishing tournament to raise money for Texas Children’s Renal Center. In fact, this beloved tournament has generated well over $1.8 million in 23 years.
“One of our founding members had a child with renal care needs, and we’ve continued to be all about the kids of Texas Children’s,” said Alan Stubblefield, TOBC president. “There are a lot of tournaments out there, but ours is distinguished by the charity we chose and the loyal fishermen and companies who support these kids.”
Each spring, 600 boats with 1,200 fishing enthusiasts who work in the upstream energy business get out their rods and reels — not only to see who catches the most bass, but also to help patients at Texas Children’s. Tournament entry fees and donations from a generous oil and gas industry yield proceeds of about $200,000 each year. In addition to the annual March event held at Cypress Bend Park, TOBC members take renal patients fishing near Houston, creating cherished memories for everyone involved.
The tournament’s contributions have greatly enriched the programs and environment for Renal Center patients and their families over the years. TOBC support has funded innovative research trials, the purchase of laptops for schoolwork, a dedicated psychologist who leads patient related-research nationally, and the creation of a tranquil, indoor healing garden. It has eased the financial burden of families struggling to pay for renal-specific diets, gaps in Medicaid, or the extra gas needed to get to appointments when they live long distances from the hospital.
The generosity of this dedicated group of fishermen also has helped the Renal Center develop a nationally recognized Quality of Life Program, which enriches the lives of patients and families with kidney disease every day. This program includes special events such as the annual Holiday Party, trips to area attractions, the Renal Prom, dialysis and transplant camps, and participation in the World Transplant Games.