Pentec Health Supports Shad Ireland and the “Take on the Tour” Project

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National cycling tour to educate and inspire patients suffering from kidney disease

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I am proud to have Pentec Health as a sponsor of the Take on the Tour project

Pentec Health, Inc. today announced a corporate sponsorship of the Shad Ireland Take on the Tour project, a 24-month cycling endeavor by kidney dialysis patient and prominent sportsman Shad Ireland. Mr. Ireland will ride several of the toughest stages of all of the major cycling tours—including the Ultimate Challenge in Utah and USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado—as well as running the New York City Marathon in order to educate and inspire patients suffering from chronic kidney disease. Pentec’s sponsorship is effective immediately through May 1, 2012.

“I am proud to have Pentec Health as a sponsor of the Take on the Tour project,” said Mr. Ireland. “Our shared commitment to the community we serve will allow us to educate, empower and ultimately improve the quality of life for those affected by kidney disease, and allow me to reach my goals and inspire individuals and communities affected by this disease.”

Bob Provonche, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Pentec Health added: “We are proud to support Shad Ireland with his inspiring acts of athleticism and positive attitude. Our sponsorship aligns with the Pentec Health mission to continually improve the lives of dialysis patients and provide education to their families and caregivers,” “Shad’s extraordinary dedication and persistence inspire other dialysis patients to pursue individual goals that they may believe are out of reach.”

A dialysis patient since the age of 10 and living without any kidneys, Ireland is the first and only kidney dialysis patient in the world to successfully complete multiple Ironman triathlons and this level of cycling. His mission is to educate and inspire others to exercise as a way to prevent kidney disease as well as obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes, which are the leading causes of the disease.

“Over 27 million Americans currently suffer from chronic kidney disease, while another 21 million remain undiagnosed. These numbers are unacceptable and we can change them,” said Mr. Ireland. “No matter what your challenge or disease, you can live a productive life. You can accomplish anything you want. With inspiration, dedication and persistence, even patients on dialysis can improve their quality of life and pursue goals that others think are impossible.”

About Shad Ireland and the Take on the Tour Project.
Shad Ireland is committed to education, prevention, and awareness about kidney disease. The Take on the Tour project is a 24-month athletic endeavor by Shad Ireland, the first kidney dialysis patient in the world to successfully complete Ironman, and to take on the sport of cycling. For more information about the Take on the Tour Project, including a calendar of cycling events, please see

About Pentec Health, Inc.
Pentec Health Inc., headquartered in suburban Philadelphia, is the largest privately held specialty infusion services company in the United States. The Joint Commission has consistently awarded Pentec with a Gold Seal of Approval for their commitment to providing the highest level of patient safety and patient care for renal nutritional and specialty infusion home care services. Pentec’s renal nutrition business specializes in providing patient-specific, proprietary nutritional therapies for patients suffering from chronic kidney disease. Pentec’s specialty infusion business provides in-home care for patients with implanted drug delivery pumps treating severe pain and/or spasticity. Pentec’s award-winning executives are noted for top leadership and giving back to the communities in which they serve. For more information, visit


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