What is a Chapter?
Chapters are groups of volunteers – PKD patients, family members and friends just like you – who want to learn, connectand take action with other committed individuals. In fact, Chapters have been forming to fight polycystic kidney diseasesince the 1980s, funding research, telling others about the disease and providing one another with help and hope– a true sense of community.
About Our Chapters
East year, Chapter volunteers in more than 60 cities across the United States held events to raise awareness of PKD andmoney for the PKD Foundation’s programs and services, as well as offer education and support. These volunteers bring tolife the mission of the organization by ensuring that no one faces this disease alone.
Chapter activities focus on three key areas:
- Education and Support: Chapters host education meetings throughout the year, bringing in medical experts to discussnutrition, transplantation, insurance issues and other important topics, and promote education opportunities offeredby the PKD Foundation. Chapters provide opportunities for patients to connect and share, helping each other copewith the emotional aspects of a PKD diagnosis, while finding the local resources they need.
- Fundraising: Popular Chapter fundraising events include the Walk for PKD, as well as DIY for PKD events such asgarage sales, lemonade stands and donating your birthday gifts. Additionally, Chapters support programs like Run forPKD, workplace giving and vehicle donation. Chapter volunteers also help us identify individuals, corporations andfoundations interested in financially supporting the work of the PKD Foundation.
- Awareness: Chapter volunteers help raise awareness of PKD by exhibiting at local health fairs, speaking atcommunity events and participating in the Walk for PKD.