Published July 7, 2020 | Now in its 20th year, the Walk for PKD remains the nation’s largest gathering of the PKD community. As the PKDF’s signature fundraising and public awareness event, the Walk has raised an inspiring $33 million over two decades. But things will look a little different this year—we’re launching a 10-day virtual event. To get the scoop on the 2020 Walk for PKD, we spoke with Senior Director of Community Fundraising Sue Full.
How has the Walk for PKD grown or changed in the past 20 years?
Walk for PKD events started as grass-root efforts in various locations across the country. They were led by volunteers who wanted to see a better future for PKD patients and increase awareness of PKD in the community at large.
What can participants expect from this year’s event?
They can expect an event page for their local Walk for PKD. Participants will register, fundraise, and track their personal, team, and local Walk progress. There will be a virtual kick-off event on PKD Awareness Day, September 4. This event will rally our community and provide details about the “10 Days, 1 Goal” event taking place from October 9-18. To find your local Walk, visit walkforpkd.org.
If there isn’t a Walk currently in their city, can someone start a new Walk?
If you don’t have a Walk in your area, join our Virtual Team. You can join us for all of the virtual engagement events, plan to walk in a way that fits your schedule, and share your fundraising page with family and friends so they know why supporting the Walk for PKD is important to you.
How does fundraising for the event support the Foundation’s vision to #endPKD?
The PKDF’s vision is to fund research, advocate for patients, and build communities for all affected by PKD. By joining the Walk, 100% of your fundraising will support PKD research. Beyond raising donations, you’ll be part of a greater community that’s working toward the same goal.
Can local businesses get involved?
Yes! Beyond registering to walk, local businesses can make a difference through sponsoring the event. Sponsorship information is listed here. If you have questions, we’re happy to assist you—just email us.
Do you have any tips for first-time walkers?
Create a team and ask friends and family to join it. Share your story and a photo on your fundraising page so your teammates and donors know why PKD is important to you. Post fundraising progress updates so everyone understands how they’re making a difference for you and others affected by PKD. As you celebrate your fundraising success, know that 100% of your donations support critical PKD research.
To find a Walk for PKD event near you, visit walkforpkd.org and register today. Let friends, family, and coworkers know about your commitment to ending PKD by tagging photos and comments with the hashtags #WalkforPKD and #endPKD on social media. Though we might not be able to do it in person this year, each of us can still raise money for critical PKD research.