How to fundraise

More than 10,000 walkers strong, the Walks are the largest gathering of PKD patients, family, friends, researchers, healthcare providers, and supporters. As the largest private funder of PKD research, we rely on fundraisers to help us #endPKD.

Learn how you can get involved

How to get started

Not sure where to begin? Download these seven easy tips to jump-start your fundraising!

Virtual fundraising 

Need some more tips? You can reach your goal! Check out our half-hour webinar. 

Become a Team Captain


Register for your local Walk and invite your friends, family, and coworkers to join your team. Download our Team Captain Handbook for fundraising tips and Walk information.

Share your story

Once you are registered for a Walk, you will have access to a personal fundraising page. Make sure to update it with your story and why PKD matters to you.

Get social

Make sure to share your fundraising page on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and any other community you’re a part of.

Make it a family affair

There are many ways for kids to help fundraise! Here are a few ideas:

  • Lemonade stands
  • Neighborhood car washes
  • Chores for donations
  • Asking for donations instead of birthday gifts

Download our marketing materials. Let us help you spread the word! 

Need help or more fundraising tips? Email us or call 1.800.753.2873.

Thank you to our award-winning teams!

2019 TeamFirst

The only way to further treatment is to work as a team — and the PKD Foundation can attribute our fundraising to the strength that lies in teams. In recognition of several of our strongest teams, the PKD Foundation presents the TeamFirst Awards to captains whose teams have raised $10,000 or more to support advancing treatment and finding a cure for PKD.

Gold Level ($30,000+)

Going for Geigers — Chicago

Ivan’s Investors for a PKD Cure — Tampa

Silver Level ($20,000 – $29,999)

Bost Bunch — Pittsburgh

Patti’s Partners to Find a Cure for PKD — San Antonio

Bronze Level ($10,000 – $19,999)

Adam’s Apples — San Diego

A Lotta Mazzottas — Boston

DiCarlo Family — Orange County

Krusell, Nelson & Phyllis Gray Family — National Capital

Marilyn’s Marchers — Houston

Meredith’s Minions — Milwaukee

Mike & Poppy’s All Stars — New York City

Renal Avengers — Kansas City

Sack Pack — Nebraska

Team OC — Twin Cities

Team Odyssey — New York City

Team Pinnacle — Nashville

Team Tenacity — South Florida

Three Peas in a Pod — Hudson Valley

We are Family — San Antonio

2019 Visionaries

Visionaries are top fundraisers dedicated to advancing treatment and finding a cure for PKD. Individually, they raise $6,000 or more. They are people who are intensely devoted to the fight against PKD.

Leading Light ($20,000+)

Jean Bost — Pittsburgh

Amy Manelli — Chicago

Mark Ruffin — San Antonio

Harold Saul — Tampa

Innovator ($10,000 – $19,999)

Bill Brazell — New York City

Yvonne DiCarlo-Clemens — Orange County

Amy Epstein — New York City

Michele Karl — Hudson Valley

Kevin O’Connor — Twin Cities

Adam Saks — San Diego

Jacquelyn Katz — South Florida

Pacesetter ($6,000 – $9,999)

Frank Condella — Boston

Betsy Cook — North Texas

Judy Ehrlich — Boston

Courtney Grace — Western New York

Nicole Manelli — Chicago

Quinn Manelli — Chicago

Christine Massey — New Jersey

Ed McVey — Milwaukee

Susan North — Los Angeles

Ana Repa — St. Louis

Mario Sloley — New York City

100% of Walk donations go toward PKD research.

Get involved with the PKD Foundation.