The National Kidney Foundation and Charley's Grilled Subs® Team Up to Save Lives

New York, NY (January 13, 2009) - Taking the lead from one of its franchise owners who gave the gift of life to an employee, Charley's Grilled Subs® will give their own gift this month to further the National Kidney Foundation's (NKF) life-saving work.

Throughout Philly CheeseSteak Month, celebrated in January, Charley's will donate a portion of each sandwich sold  to support the NKF's work in research, patient services, public and professional education, advocacy and organ donation.

"We were all moved to witness such an act of faith and kindness by Charley's franchisee, Marcus Gilbert, who donated his kidney to save the life of a 16-year-old employee, Juan Delgado," shares James Pa, Senior Director of Marketing for Charley's. "Partnering with the National Kidney Foundation was a simple extension of Charley's commitment to strengthening our neighbors."

Juan's battle with end-stage kidney disease began three years ago. Juggling school and mounting health problems, Juan had difficulty finding and holding on to a job. In March 2008, Marcus stepped forward and offered him a position at Charleys in University Mall in Orem, Utah, but his giving didn't stop there. Marcus donated his kidney to Juan this past fall.

"There are more than 100,000 Americans currently on the national waiting list for organ transplants," says John Davis, National Kidney Foundation CEO. "Partnerships, like the one NKF shares with Charley's Grilled Subs, help support our efforts to educate the public about the life-saving power of organ donation and provide support to organ donors and their families."

About Charley's Grilled Subs
Charley's Grilled Subs, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, has more than 370 locations worldwide in 39 states and 11 countries. Founded in 1986, Charley's Grilled Subs is best known for its made-to-order, signature Philly CheeseSteak and other steak, chicken and deli subs, gourmet fries and freshly squeezed lemonade. More than 90 percent of Charley's Grilled Subs restaurants are independently owned and operated by local franchisees. The restaurant chain has been recognized at the top of more than ten national lists for successful franchising, entrepreneurship and management in its 22 years of business. For more information, visit   and click on Eat a CheeseSteak…Save a Life.

About the National Kidney Foundation
The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing and treating kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increasing availability of all organs for transplantation. To learn more about kidney disease, risk factors and organ donation contact the National Kidney Foundation at or (800)622-9010.