Cheryl Flothe

Cheryl and her husband, Glenn, on her first outing after her kidney transplant in 2007

PKD runs in my family through my maternal grandfather’s side—he, his dad, sister, brothers and cousins had/have the disease. Most who came before died with no chance of dialysis or transplants. My mom and uncle died in their early 60s and my brother died in his early 50s. My sister and I both received transplants that have lasted over 10 years, so far. My husband, Glenn, was not a match to be my donor, so we participated in a paired donor transplant with a pair of cousins. One cousin donated to me, while Glenn donated a kidney to her cousin. My 46-year-old daughter is on dialysis and waiting for a transplant, and two of her three adult children have PKD. It’s time to find a cure!!!