In order to take action in the fight against PKD, Travis is running the San Francisco Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon for the second year in a row. We spoke with Travis to learn more about his passion to Run for PKD.
What has been your experience with PKD?
Elizabeth was down to a kidney function of 10 percent before her transplant. She is one of the toughest people I know, but the disease was really taking its course. She is super active and always has more energy than me, so to see her sleeping all the time was really hard to watch.
After receiving a kidney from her father Rick this past July, she is doing great. With the support from her family and amazing mother Julia, it has been a total 180 for her. She is working again and has her energy back. Elizabeth handled it all well and always had her spirits up, which was inspiring.
This is your second year running the half marathon. Tell us more about why you decided to participate.
I had a New Year’s resolution to run a half marathon. When I heard about the Run for PKD, I jumped at the chance to be a part of it. Being a part of Team PKD is one of the few ways I can actually help Elizabeth. It feels great to raise money for the PKD Foundation to help find treatments and a cure. I am not a researcher, so this is the best thing I can do to help her.
What advice would you give to others to encourage them to participate in the Run for PKD?
I was not a runner before. However, my passion to help Elizabeth fueled my running. I encourage people to get involved, even if they haven’t run before. It is tough, but it is accessible for almost everyone if they have a few months to train.
This year, Elizabeth’s sister, Berkeley, and her sister’s boyfriend, Trevor, are joining me in the half marathon as well.
I run because Elizabeth’s transplant is not permanent. She will need another kidney someday, so I will continue to support the PKD Foundation.
The PKD Foundation also provides us a sense of community and feeling like we are not alone. We have been able to connect with others who have had a transplant and hear their stories.
Interested in running in the San Francisco Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon on Sunday, March 29? Learn more at runforpkd.org.