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Austin Walk for PKD featured on iHeart Radio
March 14, 2017

Volunteer Walk Coordinator Beth Leven had the opportunity to talk about the upcoming Austin Walk for PKD on iHeart Radio.

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Paired donation saves lives of strangers and loved ones for Arizona couple
Oct. 14, 2016

Michelle Fulcher of Phoenix, Ariz. was devastated when she and six other friends who got tested for kidney compatibility with her husband Tom came up with negative results. Then, Tom’s doctor told them about Paired Donation, and through one of the largest paired donation chains in Arizona’s history, Michelle helped save her husband’s and others’ lives.

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Delaware Hayes cheerleader doesn’t let kidney disease slow her down
Sept. 22, 2016

Sara Dietrich, daughter of Central Ohio Walk Coordinator Autumn Dietrich, was featured in a segment by Columbus, Ohio NBC affiliate WCMH-TV to share how she doesn’t let PKD slow her down. Watch the feature below:


Pittsburgh Walk for PKD featured on 102.5 WDVE
Sept. 19, 2016

Dr. Kumar, Wendy Treschler, Paige Treschler, Nancy Kaminski, DJ Sean McDowell and George Santel

From left to right: Dr. Kumar, Wendy Treschler, Paige Treschler, Nancy Kaminski, DJ Sean McDowell and George Santel.

Members of the PKD Foundation’s Pittsburgh Chapter were interviewed by DJ Sean McDowell about PKD and Pittsburgh’s annual Walk for PKD.

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North Texas Community Comes Together to End Life-Threatening Genetic Kidney Disease
Sept. 9, 2016
grapevine-colleyville.ourgreatcity.com

This year, Tracy Heslink encourages you to join thousands of people nationwide who 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. It affects hundreds of thousands in America and millions worldwide, who are in urgent need of treatments and a cure. It is the fourth leading cause of kidney failure.

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San Antonio Walk featured on KONO 101.1
Aug. 30, 2016

Chrissie Murnin chats with San Antonio Walk Coordinator Patti Ruffin, Dorcella Sunday and Dene Kyrish about the San Antonio Walk for PKD. Dene also talks about donating a kidney to her sister Dorcella.

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Mark and Patti Ruffin are making a difference!
Aug. 23, 2016

San Antonio Chapter and Walk Coordinators Mark and Patti Ruffin are featured in an article by Sound Financial Strategies Group about what they do in retirement including their dedication to the San Antonio Chapter and Walk.

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San Antonio Walk PSA
July 6, 2016

KSAT-12 recently interviewed Dorcella Sunday and her kidney donor Dene Kyrish to create a PSA for the San Antonio Walk for PKD. The segment will air July 27, 2016, and includes a brief description of PKD with a few comments from Dene and Dorcella.


Sara Dietrich – Overcoming Odds
April 15, 2016

Sara Dietrich is the daughter of Central Ohio Walk Coordinator Autumn Dietrich and was featured in the Wall-to-Wall sports segment on WBNS-10TV. Watch the story below.


Let’s Get Healthy
March 21, 2016

Austin Walk Coordinator Beth Leven was on “Let’s Get Healthy” on 1370 Talk Radio in Austin, Texas to promote the Austin Walk for PKD. Listen to her interview below.


The Upside of a Chronic Disease
Dec. 7, 2015 New York City walker and former PKD Foundation Board member Bill Brazell shares his story at his 25th college reunion. Read the full transcript of the video from the Huffington Post.


Nebraska Walk Coordinator Jennifer Russell and her daughter Emma fight PKD together Sept. 29, 2015


Ashley Heffner shares her story and helps promote the Northeast Ohio Walk for PKD
Sept. 22, 2015

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Valen Keefer and Larianne Austin talk about the Sacramento Walk on Fox 40
Sept. 17, 2015

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San Antonio Walk featured on “Great Day SA”
Sept. 3, 2015


San Antonio Walk featured on “Focus on South Texas”
Aug. 25, 2015


Walk for PKD fights genetic kidney disease
July 27, 2015
Chicago Daily Herald

The PKD Foundation represents hope for those affected by polycystic kidney disease (PKD), one of the most common, life-threatening genetic diseases. The annual Walk for PKD is the signature fundraising and public awareness event for the PKD Foundation. With more than 11,000 walkers nationwide, it is the largest gathering of PKD patients, family, friends and members of the PKD medical community. The Walk for PKD has raised nearly $24 million since 2000. The coordinators for the local walk are Theresa Raguso of Elmhurst and Pam Foster of Vernon Hills. It is at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, in Busse Woods Forest Preserve, Grove 6, at Higgins and Arlington Heights roads.

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Pittsburgh Walk featured in radio interview with Sean McDowell on 102.5 WDVE
Oct. 14, 2014

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Families unite in effort to end genetic kidney disease
Sept. 16, 2014
Herald Argus

This year, Jeff and Laura Moyer of La Porte, as well as thousands nationwide, will come together and walk in support of those affected by polycystic kidney disease. 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 2014 Northern Indiana Walk for PKD is planned for Saturday at Creek Ridge County Park with PKD patients, their families and friends fundraising and walking together to unite to fight and end PKD. Registration is at 9 a.m., with the Walk beginning at 10 a.m. Jeff and Laura Moyer participate in the Walk for PKD for Laura’s immediate family (15 of them including Laura herself), who has autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease.

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San Antonio Walk featured on “Great Day SA” and radio interview with Chrissie Murnin Sept. 8, 2014 Radio interview with Chrissie Murnin heard on Y100, Kono 101.1, X1067, KKYX, CBS Sports Radio 860 and 99.5 KISS.


PKD Foundation benefit surpasses financial target
Oct. 14, 2013
Southlake Journal

Talk about hitting the finish line with success. The North Texas Walk for PKD benefiting the national PKD Foundation, which is dedicated to finding treatments and a cure for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), was held recently at Rustin City Park in front of City Hall at Southlake Town Square. Carolyn Morris and a team of volunteers worked to make this year’s fundraiser a success. And it clearly paid off. A record-breaking crowd donated more than $79,000 to the cause, exceeding the group’s target goal. The money will be donated to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation for research, education and awareness. The disease affects 600,000 Americans and has no cure. Well done all.

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St. Louis Walk for PKD hits tower grove park Sunday
Oct. 11, 2013

St. Louis volunteer Traci Short was interviewd by NBC affiliate KSDK about PKD and the St. Louis Walk for PKD. Watch the interview below:

 


Kidney donors critical for those with PKD
Oct. 2, 2013

Jaime Lazarus, Volunteer Chapter Coordinator for the PKD Foundation’s Connecticut Chapter, spoke to ABC affiliate WTNH about PKD and the importance of organ donation.

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maureen-gardnerWhat’s your project: the PKD Foundation
Sept. 27, 2013
Democrat & Chronicle

The PKD Foundation is very dear to Maureen Gardner. Her daughter Michele, now 24, was diagnosed eight years ago with polycistic kidney disease, for which there is neither treatment nor cure. Michele’s plight inspired her mom to start a project entitled “A Case for a Cure.” She sews pillowcases to raise money for PKD research and help raise awareness. “I bought a variety of fabrics and placed a teal ribbon on each one that said ‘End PKD'” said Maureen Gardner, of Greece, a registered nurse at Westside Pediatrics. “I sent them to all my friends and relatives with the option of a small donation to the PKD Foundation.”

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San Antonio Walk for PKD
Sept. 9, 2013

Patti Ruffin, San Antonio Volunteer Walk Coordinator, and Christina Prieto appeared on Great Day SA to talk about the 2013 San Antonio Walk for PKD. You can watch the interview below:

Patti and Christina were also interviewed by KONO 101.1 FM. You can listen to the interview here.


Foundation looks to spread awareness of PKD
Sept. 8, 2013

The Detroit Chapter was interviewd by NBC affiliate WDIV to talk about PKD and promote the Detroit Walk for PKD. You can see the interview below:

 


Cedar Rapids holds walk for kidney disease
Sept. 7, 2013

The 2013 Iowa Walk for PKD was featured on ABC affiliate KCRG and Walk Co-Coordinator John Burge was interviewed about PKD. Watch the video below:


heather-wayne-heidi-grossmanBedford Hills Park is setting for charity walk vs. kidney disease
Sept. 5, 2013
The Journal News

The Hudson Valley Chapter of the PKD Foundation is holding a walk in support of those affected by polycystic kidney disease. PKD is a life-threatening genetic kidney disease affecting thousands in America and millions worldwide. It is the fourth leading cause of kidney failure, and there is no treatment or cure.

The Hudson Valley chapter is celebrating its 10th anniversary Walk for PKD, which is planned for Sept. 21 at Bedford Hills Memorial Park. Registration is at 9 a.m., with the walk beginning at 10 a.m., rain or shine.

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