Newsweek's Eleanor Clift Interviewed in Podcast on Kidney Cancer Association Website

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McLaughlin Group pundit and Newsweek contributing editor Eleanor Clift combines a journalist's account of the media circus attending Terri Schiavo's death with the touching story of the death of her husband, newspaper columnist Tom Brazaitis. She is interviewed by Kidney Cancer Association CEO Bill Bro.

and having Eleanor Clift's new book released at the same time is a fortunate coincidence.

Newsweek's Eleanor Clift, a member of the Kidney Cancer Association, is interviewed in a twelve minute podcast by Association CEO, Bill Bro, an 18 year survivor of kidney cancer. The podcast appears on, the Live365 Internet radio station operated by the Chicago based charity.

"Our board chair, Paula Bowen, phoned me on Monday, saying she'd read about Eleanor Clift's new book, 'Two Weeks of Life,' in the New York Times Sunday supplement. Because Ms. Clift and her late husband were such loyal supporters of our organization, Paula suggested that I try to contact her. Despite the whirlwind of political activity that surrounded the so-called 'Second Super Tuesday,' my call was immediately returned and we made arrangements to record the interview," Bro said.

In the podcast Ms. Clift candidly recounts what was going on in her life in the two weeks before the death of her husband, Tom, from kidney cancer. She also suggests ways of coping with the impending death of a loved one that might be helpful to others.

Bro added, "Eleanor and Tom were seated beside me at a dinner the Kidney Cancer Association sponsored for patients, several years ago. After dessert, they gave an impromptu speech to the eighty or more people who were assembled about their experiences in the news business. Tom was ill, but you would not have known it from his interaction with this group. It was a touching moment that I'll not forget."

Clift's memoir, "Two Weeks of Life" is available at major bookstores or through the Kidney Cancer Association's website, A hyperlink to the podcast appears on the organization's home page. The announcement of the podcast is intended to coincide with a global kidney health awareness event, World Kidney Day, March 13, of which the Kidney Cancer Association (a member of the International Federation of Kidney Foundations) is a supporter.

"We hope the podcast and the publicity that surrounds it will help to create awareness of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC), as part of our organization's involvement in World Kidney Day Activities. This year's event is supported by several well-known celebrities," Bro added, "and having Eleanor Clift's new book released at the same time is a fortunate coincidence."

The Kidney Cancer Association was founded in 1990 by a small group of patients, including Eugene P. Schonfeld, Ph.D., and medical doctors in Chicago, Illinois. It is a nonprofit charity incorporated in the State of Illinois. It has also been designated as a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service code. Donations to the Association are tax deductible. It serves nearly 50,000 people in more than 100 countries.


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