Special return of The Hub’s burgers is for kidney disease awareness
SNOHOMISH — The Hub’s Pantherburger is back, but the legendary Snohomish restaurant staple will only be on order for one day to benefit a worthy cause.
On Saturday, July 14, a few hundred lucky customers can get their Hub Drive-In burger fix, just the way they like it, said former owner Steve Dana.
He and wife Noreen want a chance to catch up with old customers but also potentially save some lives, and perhaps even find a kidney donor for Noreen.
Proceeds of the meal will go to raising awareness about kidney disease, a condition the Danas climbed a steep learning curve to understand.
When kidney function is measured, a glomerular filtration rate (GFR) score shows how well the kidney is filtering blood.
A GFR score of 60 or higher is considered normal. A GFR of less than 60 can indicate disease, and below 15 indicates kidney failure according to the National Institutes of Health.
In February 2017, Noreen Dana’s score was seven.
The Danas want to help others learn what they did not know, that there are ways to forestall the progression of the disease.
For Noreen, it was too late for preventative measures.
Instead, it was months of dialysis, three times a week, four hours per session. By October, her numbers had improved enough for a temporary reprieve, but short of a kidney donation, there is no cure. The Danas consider themselves on bonus time.
“As long as I can limp along I’m not going to complain,” Noreen Dana said.
Rather than complaining, the Danas decided to be proactive, and they knew just how to do it.
“The truth is that our old customers have been hounding us for years and we have rebuffed them … (the restaurant) was part of our old life,” Steve Dana said.
The Hub Drive-In was bought by Dana’s parents in 1960, and closed in 2010.
“Then we got a notification from the University of Washington that had said if Noreen wasn’t actively looking for a kidney donor she would fall down on the transplant list which meant we needed to step up the effort.”
So the Hub burger fundraiser and education effort was hatched.
Approximately 4.9 million Americans have kidney failure according to a 2016 survey from the Centers for Disease Control, which reported nearly 50,000 died from kidney disease in 2015.
The fact that survival rates are not lower heightens the need for awareness, Steve Dana said.
“It’s not a priority, so kidney disease is like an orphan
disease because dialysis is available people aren’t dying from kidney failure anymore,” he said.
The Danas are working to raise awareness and perhaps even entice people to sign up for a screening to see if they would make suitable kidney donors.
More than 150 customers have signed up for lunch so far, but the Danas bet they can feed a few times that many as long as burger lovers email an RSVP so he can order ample supplies.
What made the Pantherburger so special?
It started with the toasted bun. And the patties “are browned instead of greyed, the secret is the heat,” Steve Dana said.
“And we cooked it fresh!” Noreen Dana added.
Even the Hub’s signature tartar sauce will be on order for $5 a pint, but only 80 pints will be available, Steve Dana said.
Their unique take on the tangy condiment is slightly sweet, but the Danas don’t reveal its secret ingredients.
Beer will be available too, with those proceeds going to the nonprofit traumatic brain injury organization, Delta Rehabilitation Center (Snohomish Chalet).
Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Delta Rehabilitation Center at 1705 Terrace Ave. The Danas ask that customers eat and donate generously, and RSVP by emailing email@example.com
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