COCOA BEACH, Florida -- U.S. Congressman Bill Posey (R-FL) has filed a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives on February 1, 2013 to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 500 North Brevard Avenue in Cocoa Beach, Florida, as the `Richard K. Salick Post Office'.
Richard Salick was a locally well-known National Kidney Foundation Surf Festival organizer and former professional surfer who died on July 2, 2012.
|U.S. Congressman Bill Posey (R-FL)|
PICTURED ABOVE: Donning a Hawaiian Lei and sunglasses, Posey helped kick-off a 5K Kidney Beach Walk sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) of Florida and organized by Richard Salick as a tribute to organ donation. The walk took place in last May at the Cocoa Beach Pier in Cocoa Beach Florida.
“One of the many challenges that organ transplant recipients face is the high cost of immuno-suppressive medications which help the body adjust to new donor organs,” said Posey, who is a member of the Congressional Kidney Caucus and Diabetes Caucus. “Currently, Medicare covers the cost of kidney transplant surgeries but only temporarily covers the cost of the medications which are needed to prevent rejection. After three years, coverage is cancelled. I’ve cosponsored legislation to fix this problem (H.R. 2969), which will ultimately save lives and Medicare resources over time.”
“Congressmen Posey’s support of this cause makes him the perfect candidate to kick-off what is sure to become a tradition,” said Richard Salick during last year's event.