Cuba Gooding Jr.: “I Knew I Had To Do Something”

cuba-gooding-jrBronx, New York born Cuba Gooding Jr, was surrounded by the entertainment business. His entire family moved to LA after his father had a hit, Everybody Plays The Fool, with soul group the Main Ingredient. After high school, he landed a part in TV show Hill Street Blues; at 23, he won critical acclaim in the film Boyz N The Hood, followed by his Oscar-winning role as a high-energy football player in Jerry McGuire. Then, recently, he’s recieved rave reviews for in the award-winning mini-series, The People Vs. O.J. Simpson.

Last year, Cuba had to deal with the death of his father who died at his Woodland Hills, California home at age 72, whom the two were very close.

(Cuba Gooding Jr, Gooding Sr, Omar Gooding (brother)/Photo credit: Facebook)

Now, at age 50, many do not know that the beloved actor and father of three has a new role in real life: that of advocate and activist to raise awareness about kidney disease.

Kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States, but is one of the most underfunded in research. FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis) and Nephrotic Syndrome are some of the most devastating kidney diseases affecting children and adults. NephCure is the only organization in the world focused on raising money for research to get better treatments and a cure for these diseases. When I learned about these conditions I knew I had to do something. I’m proud to partner with them,” Mr. Gooding said.

boyz n the hood cuba gooding jrKidney Disease Statistics

  • Chronic kidney disease plagues more than 26 million Americans
  • Nephrotic Syndrome is the leading cause of kidney failure in children
  • Every day 12 people die waiting for a kidney transplant
  • There is no cure for these conditions, and currently no standard of care.
  • Treatments can include high-dose steroids and chemotherapy-type medicines.
  • Even with these treatments, many patients progress to kidney failure within 5 years.
  • African Americans are at a higher risk for kidney disease and are FIVE TIMES more likely to get FSGS than other populations.

“Numbers are important to underscore the urgency, but this is about more than numbers – it’s about people battling to keep themselves, their spouses, their children alive. We need better treatments now for patients who are suffering every day,” Mr. Gooding said. “The government gives very little money to kidney disease research, and we need to change how research is funded. That’s why we need to support organizations like NephCure who lead the way as a catalyst for accelerating kidney disease research.”

Cuba takes his own health just as serious too. Since his award-winning role in Jerry McGuire, Cuba takes his same approach to getting and staying fit. His training diet is basically a…