March 11, 2014
The PKD Foundation hosted Gratitude: A Celebratory Benefit on March 6 in New York City. The event served to thank and honor some of the many PKD Foundation supporters who have made the Foundation what it is today. Congratulations to our honorees and thanks to all of those who attended. Learn more about the honorees.
Bill and Victoria Brazell were the Benefit Chairs. Retired Giants Offensive Coordinator, Kevin Gilbride, and his wife, Deborah Gilbride, were the Honorary Chairs. Danny Langsdorf, Giants' quarterbacks coach, was a special guest at the event. Langsdorf has a unique connection to the Giants organization, and he knows Gilbride well. Seven years ago, Langsdorf donated a kidney to Laurie Cavanaugh, Gilbride's sister. Cavanaugh is married to Oregon State Offensive Line Coach Mike Cavanaugh. For more information on this connection, check out two national media stories from Newsday and NJ.com.
March 11, 2014
The Transplant Games of America are July 11-14 in Houston. The PKD Foundation will be there and wants to cheer you on and support the PKD families participating! Please visit pkdcure.org/TGA and let us know about your team and events if you are participating.
The Transplant Games of America is a multi-sport festival event for individuals who have undergone life-saving transplant surgeries. Competition events are open to living donors, organ transplant recipients, bone marrow recipients, and a limited number of corneal and tissue transplant recipients. More than an athletic event, the Transplant Games of America highlight the critical importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation, while celebrating the lives of organ donors and recipients.
To register, visit transplantgamesofamerica.org. Once you are registered, visit pkdcure.org/TGA to let us know about your participation.
Voices of PKD
Polycystic kidney disease is a family disease. Like freckles and blue eyes, there's a chance that a parent will pass it along to their child. Though Barbara Meskin's family had passed along PKD for many generations, she had no idea that the family disease would impact her right when she was starting a family of her own.
"I shouldn't have been surprised," Barbara said. "But I was."
Initially Barbara was going in to receive an ultrasound as a screening procedure for an insurance policy. At the time she was pregnant with her second child. The ultrasound confirmed her fear that she too had PKD, and the even more immanent fear that she could pass it on to the child she was carrying.