PKD Awareness Day

Polycystic kidney disease affects thousands in the U.S. and millions worldwide - and yet, many people have never heard of it. WE can help change this by raising awareness on #PKDAwarenessDay!

Sept. 4, 2013 is declared National Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Awareness Day, according to Senate Resolution 201. The resolution is sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt and co-sponsored by Sens. Benjamin Cardin, Barbara Mikulski, Marco Rubio and Charles Schumer. We thank them for their efforts and a big thanks to all our PKD advocates who helped us by contacting their local senators.

This day was chosen to kick off the Walk for PKD season, which starts that next weekend. #PKDAwarenessDay will be devoted to raising awareness of this life-threatening, genetic disease and the critical need for treatments and a cure. Even though thousands in the U.S. are affected, the disease is relatively unknown, so raising awareness about PKD is vital. The more people that know about PKD, the closer we can get to treatments and a cure.

Celebrate the day with us! Below are a few easy ways to spread awareness:

Use Social Media

A very popular way to increase awareness about a cause close to your heart! Use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google +, Instagram and more to spread awareness. Don't forget to use #PKDAwarenessDay, #PKD and #EndPKD in your posts and tweets.

Update your profiles with #PKDAwarenessDay graphics:

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PKD Awareness Day

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PKD Awareness Day

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Here are some other graphics to share on social media:

END PKD I'm spreading the word on polycystic kidney disease (PKD). Unite to fight polycystic kidney disease (PKD) I'm raising polycystic kidney disease awareness for...


Here are some facts to share on social media:

PKD is one of the most common, life-threatening genetic diseases PKD causes fluid-filled cysts to grow in the kidneys PKD is the fourth leading cause of kidney failure There is currently no treatment or cure for PKD

Parents have a 50 percent chance of passing PKD on to their children 10 percent of people diagnosed with PKD have no family history of the disease ARPKD affects 1 in 20,000 children PKD kidneys can get as large as a football and weigh up to 30 pounds

Symptoms of PKD

Educate Others

Awareness and education go hand-in-hand. Educate your family, friends and co-workers on polycystic kidney disease. Our website offers great educational resources. You can direct them to to learn everything they need to know about PKD.

Do they know that an average kidney is the size of a human fist, but the average polycystic kidney can get as big as a NFL football and can weigh between 20 to 30 pounds? Share these photos with them to help spread awareness!

PKD kidney next to a football Polycystic kidney

Wear your PKD apparel

PKD t-shirts, hats, bags, bracelets - wearing these things will grab people's attention and may cause them to ask "What is PKD?" That's a perfect moment to educate someone on the disease and raise awareness! (Our new online store is coming soon).

Try guerilla marketing

Guerilla marketing refers to unconventional ways to advertise or market something - OR to help raise PKD awareness. This can include chalking sidewalks, doing flash mobs, handing out flyers, holding signs in front of heavy-traffic streets, etc. The goal of guerilla marketing is to be creative and grab people's attention.

Make a gift

The more people that know about PKD and support the work of the PKD Foundation, the closer we can get to treatments and a cure.

Make Your Gift Today!

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©2014, PKD Foundation ·The PKD Foundation is a 501 (c)(3), 509 (a)(1) public charity.