About Us

100% Volunteer based!

Who Are We

We are 100% volunteers making a difference in the lives of those that suffer from Nephrotic Syndrome.

Our Mission

To raise money for NephCure Kidney International, whose mission is to accelerate research for effective treatments for rare forms of Nephrotic Syndrome, and to provide education and support that will improve the lives of those affected by these protein-spilling kidney diseases.


Christian Jones was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome when he was two years old. In 2010, after a serious relapse, his mom, Kara Jones, began a grassroots effort to raise money to find a cure by organizing the annual Bay Area NephCure Walk.  Supported by a group of committed friends and other patient families, they have raised over $800,000+ with all proceeds benefiting NephCure Kidney International (NKI), the only organization committed to finding a cure for Nephrotic Syndrome.  Leveraging on the success of the Bay Area NephCure Walk, in 2018, this committed group hosted the first Silicon Valley Pig Jig!

The inaugural 2018 Silicon Valley Pig Jig raised over $250,000 for NephCure Kidney International (NKI). Guests enjoyed live music all day, breweries served local brews in the Beer Garden, local vendors wowed visitors with their unique products and children had fun in the Kids Zone.  Eighteen corporate sponsors competed in the BBQ pit to wow our celebrity judges and win bragging rights in the pit. 

We hope you can join us for the third annual Pig Jig at Excite Ballpark (formerly San Jose Giants Muni Stadium) on Saturday, October 2nd 2021.

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