Recently Teresa did an interview to promote the new season of Celebrity Apprentice on New York Live and had this to say : “There are going to be a lot of surprises on the show,” Giudice said on the set of “New York Live.” “The girls are very catty you know, but this was different from ‘Housewives.’ We were asked to do tasks and we did them. Donald is amazing. It’s about charity, so it’s totally different from ‘Housewives.'”
Apparently the Donald was very stricken with the “dynamo” New Jersey Housewife and many of us are! “He just said ‘Teresa, I see a different side of you. This is not the Teresa I know.’ And I’m like that’s what I wanted everyone to see,” confesses the Jersey star. “I loved it. At first we are working 20 hours a day — getting up at 4:30 a.m., sometimes working until 2:00 in the morning, but overall I have to say it was an amazing experience and if I had to do it all over again, I would.”
Teresa has chosen a charity to represent that is near and dear to her heart, and that is The Berwyn Foundation, which raises money for Kidney Disease research. She chose NephCure as the beneficiary for her potential $250,000 prize winnings if she were to win Celebrity Apprentice (spoiler : the top two contestants were Clay Aiken and Aresenio Hall, check my blog on CA for more info and spoilers). Teresa met an 8 year old boy who is suffering from a kidney disease known as focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, or FSGS.
“Children are suffering from these diseases and there is no cure,” said Giudice. “NephCure is a dynamic organization that helps patient families living with FSGS and Nephrotic Syndrome. I am honored to be associated with NephCure and hope that my involvement in ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ leads to hope for the thousands of patients who are suffering from these diseases.”
Nephrotic Syndrome and FSGS are conditions that affect the tiny filtering mechanisms in the kidney that causes beneficial protein to be spilled from the kidney into the urine and lost. The disease can cause renal failure and patients must receive dialysis, which is a huge medical issue or possibly even a kidney transplant.
NephCure states more than 5,600 people are diagnosed with FSGS each year, and it is the leading cause of kidney failure in children.
Henry Brehm is the founder of NephCure and says he is grateful to have a celebrity like Teresa as the spokesperson on CA for the foundation. He hopes she will bring new focus on the disease which it may otherwise not have had.
Celebrity Apprentice is just around the corner, set to air on February 12th. Good luck Teresa!