LSI’s Dave Campbell embodies monumental volunteerism
by Jonathan Williams, Communications Specialist
On April 24, 2019, LSI’s Dave Campbell attended the Champion of Hope Tribute Dinner hosted by the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, where they presented the M. David Campbell Leadership Award to a worthy recipient. Dave’s monumental volunteerism prompted the foundation to name this award after him, so it seems fitting that talk a little about his years of dedicated service.
It all started in 1997 when the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan asked Dave to be their chairman. “I was kind of roped into it,” Campbell admits, “but as I served, I grew to love what we were doing, and I saw the foundation was a splendid opportunity to build relationships with legislators and increase funding and appropriations to fight diabetes and kidney disease.”
“While I was chair, we presented the state of Michigan with a value proposition," Campbell continues. "We told them that kidney dialysis costs around $80,000 a year per patient, but if they would put some of that money towards preventing kidney disease, they could prevent more people from getting kidney disease while also saving money.” Dave’s proposition worked, and over the past 22 years it has helped prevent kidney disease while saving the state tens of millions of dollars.
Besides being chairman, Dave has served on the foundation’s board of directors and has held several leadership roles. Dave also started the Champion of Hope Tribute Dinner, which has raised several million dollars for the foundation. He also helped execute a program that placed a sticker on every driver’s license in the state to promote organ donation.
It was after Dave’s tenure as board chair ended that the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan created the award named in his honor to recognize his years of dedication and honor his enduring legacy to the foundation.
Thank you Dave for your years of service!