• March is National Kidney Month

    March is National Kidney Month
    Help us celebrate this month by participating in our popular 31 Days of PKD Challenges or by making a tribute gift in honor of someone you love.
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  • What is PKD?

    What is PKD?
    PKD affects thousands in the United States and millions worldwide — and yet, many people have never heard of it. Play Watch this short video and learn more about this little-known disease.

  • What's New in PKD: A Day of Learning

    What's New in PKD: A Day of Learning
    Listen to PKD experts from across the country discuss topics important to PKD patients. This year we will focus on the different health complications associated with PKD.
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  • Help Further Our Understanding of PKD

    Help Further Our Understanding of PKD
    We are excited to announce the release of our Request for Applications for two research fellowships. All applications are due by April 1, 2015.
    See if you're eligible and apply today!

PKD News

Altruistic Donor and the Transplant Chain She Inspired

CBS News
March 27, 2015

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Saintsation Kriste Spoke at Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation's Leadership ConferenceKriste Lewis

March 17, 2015

Saintsation Kriste was a guest speaker at the Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Foundation's Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Mo., from Feb. 20-22. There were more than 100 people in attendance; two representatives from each state and some representatives from Canada. Attendees were chapter coordinators and leaders across the country with goals of updating each other on ongoing kidney research and continuing to raise awareness of PKD.

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Voices of PKD

Living with Polycystic Kidney DiseaseMaryKatherine Michiels-Kibler

Five years ago, at age 13, I was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (PKD) after a series of visits to the emergency room with severe abdominal pain and vomiting. PKD, which causes cysts to grow on the kidneys, eventually leads to kidney failure and can cause a kidney to weigh up to 30 pounds. I am the youngest person in my family to be diagnosed. PKD is a genetic disease and parents with PKD have a 50 percent chance of passing the disease to each of their children. My mother, grandfather and great grandfather all have PKD.

Not only did I find out I had a genetic disease with no treatment or cure, I also had to learn it was a disease that despite affecting thousands in the U.S. and millions world wide had many unknowns and inconsistencies. While as a young teenager all I wanted to do was ignore this imperfection I realized that because I was diagnosed at such a young age, I had the opportunity to help. Unwilling to accept the feeling of powerlessness when facing PKD my mom and I turned to The PKD Foundation, an organization solely dedicated to finding treatments and a cure for PKD, to get involved in a brighter future for the disease.

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