What is polycystic kidney disease?
Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a genetic disease that often affects entire families for generations. PKD is one of the most common, life-threatening genetic diseases, and those affected by it are in urgent need of treatments and a cure. Here’s why:
- Parents have a 50 percent chance of passing PKD to each of their children.
- More than 50 percent of those affected by PKD will need dialysis or a kidney transplant by age 50.
- PKD is the leading cause of kidney failure.
- Dialysis and a kidney transplant are the only treatment options for those who have kidney failure.
- A relatively rare form of PKD, autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD), affects one in 20,000 children. ARPKD often causes death in the first month of life.
- Approximately one-third of newborns who have ARPKD and survive their first month of life will need dialysis or a transplant by age 10.
Why support us
Our goal is to discover treatments that will improve the lives of those living with PKD, and one day find a cure to end PKD for good. To do this, we unite with energetic and compassionate volunteers and supporters across the country to fight PKD.
Need more reasons?
- We are the largest private funder of PKD research.
- We have been leading the fight against PKD for more than 30 years.
- One hundred percent of your Walk donations go to PKD research to help bring treatments to patients faster.