Voices of PKD: Lauren Highfill

We have lost two babies to polycystic kidney disease (PKD). Ironically they both passed away on July 21st (one year apart). It makes remembering this sad day a little easier to have it all on one day! I suppose the biggest way we honor our boys is by participating in the Walk for PKD every year. We really enjoy raising money and awareness for this illness. Before the loss of our first child, we had never even heard of PKD. We certainly understand the importance of sharing our story.

This year our four-year-old son was the second highest fundraiser at the Tampa Walk! He was beaming with pride when he accepted the trophy. He certainly feels his two older brothers watching over him. As I watched him receive his award, I was overwhelmed thinking about how much we have been through to get to that moment. My heart was so full of love. I am so thankful for the PKD Foundation for providing our family with a way to keep our story alive and providing us a way to honor our sweet boys each year.