Charleston families come together to end kidney disease

  • Saturday, November 9, 2013

This November, Kate Williams and thousands nationwide will come together and walk in support of those affected by polycystic kidney disease (PKD). PKD is one of the most common, life-threatening genetic kidney diseases affecting thousands in America and millions worldwide. It is the fourth leading cause of kidney failure, and there is no treatment or cure.

The 2013 Charleston Walk for PKD is planned for Sunday, Nov. 10 at Fort Dorchester High School with PKD patients, their families, and friends fundraising and walking together to unite to fight and end PKD. Registration is at 11:30 a.m., with the Walk beginning at 1 p.m.

PKD causes cysts to grow on the kidneys, eventually leading to kidney failure. Parents with the disease have a 50 percent chance of passing it on to each of their children. Currently, dialysis and transplantation are the only treatment options. Approximately 10 percent of the people diagnosed with PKD have no family history of the disease, with PKD developing as a spontaneous (new) mutation. Once they have it, they have a 50 percent chance of passing it on to each of their children. Learn more at pkdcure.org.

Kate Williams and her 2-year-old son, Owen, have PKD. “Before my son, Owen, and I were diagnosed with PKD, I had never heard of the disease,” Kate said. “Participating in the Walk has been a wonderful way for us to meet others in the PKD community, and the level of support and caring has been amazing. We walk in the hope that raising awareness and research funds will lead to a cure for PKD.”

The annual Walk for PKD is the signature fundraising and public awareness event for the PKD Foundation and is the largest gathering of PKD patients, family, friends, and supporters; nearly 10,000 strong. More than 50 Walks occur every year in cities across the nation. Since 2000, the Walk for PKD has raised more than $20 million. This money helped get closer to finding treatments and a cure, and provided education to those who have nowhere else to turn. Register for the Charleston Walk for PKD at walkforpkd.org/charlestonwalk.

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