The Tampa Pig Jig is an annual fundraiser fair held to support NephCure Kidney International, which is a nonprofit that focuses on funding research for Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS).
FSGS is a very rare condition which affects the kidneys and the Tampa Pig Jig helps NephCure by raising awareness of the disease and money for research.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Will Wellman first came up with the idea for the Tampa Pig Jig seven years ago. He has FSGS himself, and he wanted to contribute to the acceleration of research for the condition. He and his friends organized the first event and it’s only grown since.
It always features a barbecue contest, games, and live music. Participants are charged admission (this year tickets start at 40 dollars), which is how the funds are raised for FSGS. Entertainment for the 2017 event will be provided by Justin Moore, a country singer, and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.
The event will be held on October 28, 2017 in Curtis Hixon Park.
You can find more information about the Tampa Pig Jig, and purchase tickets for the event by clicking here.
As of now, the estimate is that 8,000 different events will occur at the Jig, so it’s definitely not something you want to miss.
Raising awareness and funds for rare diseases can be an overwhelming challenge.
But its people like Will Wellman and events like these which put rare diseases on the map. While this event is focused on FSGS, It’s success will undoubtedly inspire others to begin their own awareness campaigns.
Rare disease is more than an individual issue, it’s a global one, and you never know where it may strike. So put on your aprons and sign up to participate in the Tampa Pig Jig today!