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We come to you with sad news: Our friend Linda Powell, Mossberg‘s media relations director, is suffering from IGA Nephropathy, also known as Berger’s disease. It’s a condition that causes kidney failure. After battling the disease privately for the past seven years, Linda now needs a kidney transplant.

To help spread the word, FMG Publications is mobilizing Aiming To Help, its philanthropic arm which supports individuals in the shooting sports industry in times of need. Linda is the first person to receive assistance from the foundation.

If you think you can help, please check out the kidney donor form and questionnaires at the bottom of this press release. Watch the video above to learn more about Linda’s story.

Unbeknownst to most in the gun industry, Linda Powell, director of media relations for O.F. Mossberg & Sons, is suffering from IGA Nephropathy, also known Berger’s disease, a condition that causes kidney failure. Linda has lived with the disease for seven years and she’s fought this battle quietly with only a few close friends and family aware of her condition. It’s now time to take her story public as Linda has recently been referred for dialysis and needs a kidney transplant.

There’s a lot of criticism of the media today. Some deserved, some not. There’s also a lot of criticism aimed at the shooting sports community. Some deserved, most not. As members of the media and the gun and shooting sports community, we at FMG Publications know our responsibility and are aware of the ability we have to communicate with the masses. We have the means to reach out to gun enthusiasts, marketers, dealers and manufacturers through print and social media. We’re going to use these powerful resources to do something positive and make a difference.

When it comes to helping others, there are no lines. There is no such thing as shooter or non-shooter. We are living, breathing and caring people first who happen to enjoy guns and shooting sports. Aiming To Help is the philanthropic arm of FMG Publications created to profile those who are in need of help, whether they are a member of our shooting sports community or not, because it’s what we “people” do. We aim to help other people in need.

Aiming To Help strives to create a positive transformation between the gun and shooting sports community and the general public through collaboration and outreach. By bringing to the forefront the challenges many people face — whether they’re a member of our close-knit circle or not — we’re offering a helping hand, and raising awareness that gun industry enthusiasts are generous, committed and unbiased.

The outdoor industry and the shooting sports population number in the millions. But at the same time, it’s a very small family. Aiming To Help endeavors to bring the shooting community together in the hope that as large as the body of the shooting sports is, within it there are people who are able to offer insight and assistance, so no one faces their challenges alone.

Aiming To Help is telling Linda’s story in the hope someone can help. To get more details and help write a happy ending to Linda’s story; download the Registration and Kidney Donor Questionnaires below.

This ongoing program will continue to draw attention to people who are in need. With each initiative, Aiming To Help will extend a helping hand to offer FMG Publications’ sphere of influence and the power of the press. Please join us in making a difference. For more information email shari.legate@fmghq.com.

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