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What do a noted nephrologist and a 1960s teen idol from South Philly have in common?Both are being honored for their efforts in battling a devastating chronic disease at the National Kidney Foundation’s 29th Annual Kidney Ball on March 9.Bobby Rydell, the singer of “Wildwood Days” and “Volare,” who underwent a kidney and liver transplant last summer at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, will receive NKF’s most prestigious recognition, along with NKF volunteer Dr. Frank McCusker, chief of the Division of Nephrology at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery.Also being honored at the gala that is expected to raise $250,000 for the nonprofit group is Questcor Pharmaceuticals.“NKF recognizes three types of contributors every year: a caregiver, who is usually a physician; a patient and also an institution or vendor that’s created some impact for the NKF in the community,” McCusker said. “Over the past 10 or 15 years, I’ve done some work with the National Kidney Foundation on a couple of levels. I’ve done some fundraising for them, I’m serving on their board of directors and have helped with different educational programs.”The educational outreach programs, which have embraced Norristown, go a long way in identifying people in the earliest stages of kidney disease, said McCusker, an alum of St. Joseph’s University and Temple University.“These programs help to get the word out to people that kidney disease tends to run in families and asking them to reach out to people they know so we can get them screened,” he noted. (To read this article by Gary Puleo on the Times Herald site, click here.)