In the news

Walkers from across the nation have made it into the news. And you can, too! Your PKD story and Why you Walk will catch the interest of local media. Health reporters, human interest, and giving back segments on TV, radio, podcasts, or print are all opportunities to publicize the Walk for PKD and raise awareness.

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San Antonio Walk volunteers on Great Day San Antonio

Mark Ruffin and Diane Biery talk about the San Antonio Walk for PKD.
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San Antonio Walk volunteers on Cox Radio

Mark and Patti Ruffin raise PKD awareness, share their story and promote the San Antonio Walk on Cox Radio with Chrissie Murnin.

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Milwaukee Walk volunteers on the Morning Blend

Sara DornBrook and Rachel Howell share their PKD stories and promote the Milwaukee Walk.

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Pittsburgh PKD patients on iHeart Radio

Gary Santel, George Santel and three other PKD patients share their PKD story and promote the Pittsburgh Walk on iHeart radio.

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Northeast Ohio families come together to end life threatening genetic kidney disease

September 8, 2022

Nordonia Hills News featured the Northeast Ohio Walk and shared Walk Ambassador, Ashley Heffner’s PKD story.

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San Antonio Walk Amassador, Patti Ruffin on KENS Cares

September 7, 2022

Patti Ruffin brings awareness to PKD on KENS Cares.

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San Antonio Walk featured on Kens5, Great Day San Antonio

September 7, 2022

Mark Ruffin, PKD Connect Ambassador and Patti Ruffin, Walk Ambassador talk about PKD and the Walk for PKD.

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Pittsburgh Sunday Morning interviews our Pittsburgh PKD Community about the Walk for PKD

August 28, 2022

Kristee Rosen, Gary Santel, Stephanie, Kevin Kuchta, and Dr. Nashar share their PKD stories and share information on the Pittsburgh Walk for PKD.

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Volunteers walk in La Grange Highlands to raise awareness of genetic kidney disease

Oct. 18, 2021

Chicago Walk for PKD team, To the Nines, walked with nearly 200 people at La Grange Highlands Elementary School in support of PKD patient, David Ninesling. The team raised over $32,000 for PKD research.
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New York family raises over $18,000 for PKD research

Sept. 23, 2021

Paw Patrol Team Captain Erin Phillips and her son Nicholas have been raising funds and awareness of PKD since 2008.
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Walk for PKD discussed on Pittsburgh Sunday Morning, 3WS Radio

Sept. 5, 2021

Volunteer Walk Coordinator Aaron Hassett, along with Lisa Heron, Cameron Guthrie, and Dr. Kumar talk about PKD and promote the Walk for PKD on Pittsburgh Sunday Morning, 3WS Radio (WWSW-FM).
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UT Health San Antonio Newsroom profiles Walk couple

July 6, 2021

CJ’s gift: How a doctor couple saved their baby’s life and gained valuable perspective on patient care.
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West Newsmagazine features St. Louis Walk for PKD

Nov. 30, 2020

Local St. Louis newspaper, West Newsmagazine, features “Team Roz” and the Glaser family’s support of the St. Louis Walk for PKD.
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St. Louis Walk for PKD featured on FOX2 News

Oct. 12, 2020

Journalist, Kim Hudson of Fox2 News features the St. Louis Virtual Walk on her segment: What you are doing about it.
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St. Louis Walk for PKD featured on KTRS the Big550

Oct. 1, 2020

Jean Sommer interview with Ray Hartmann on the “St. Louis in the Know” show on October 1, 2020 on KTRS the Big550. I am educating people about PKD, promoting the Walk for PKD, and sharing my story.
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Kent’s Kidney Stories (Podcast): Patti’s Partners to find a Cure for PKD

Sept. 11, 2020

Kent speaks with Patti Ruffin, San Antonio Walk Coordinator. She shares her amazing transplant story and what she is doing now to help promote awareness for kidney disease and those in need of a transplant. Listen to Patti’s journey on this informative podcast.
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San Antonio Walk for PKD featured on Great Day SA

Aug. 27, 2020

San Antonio Walk Coordinator Patti Ruffin was welcomed to Great Day SA to talk about PKD and this year’s virtual Walk for PKD.
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Pittsburgh Sunday Morning — Polycystic Kidney Disease

Aug. 5, 2020

Aaron Hassett, Gary and Rosann Lederer and Dr. Kumar talk about what it is like to have PKD and the virtual Walk on WDVE 102.5FM, iHeart radio with host, Jonny Hartwell.

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Central Ohio Walker Featured in the Delaware Gazette

Sept. 21, 2018

High School senior Taylor Karlo speaks with the Delaware Gazette about her journey with playing volleyball and having ADPKD. She also discusses her team’s participation in the upcoming Central Ohio Walk for PKD.

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Transplant recipient and San Antonio walker featured on Wilson County News

Sept. 5, 2018

Transplant recipient Dorothy Bray shares her journey with PKD and why she Walks on Wilson County News.

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San Antonio Walk for PKD featured on KONO 101.1

Sept. 13, 2018

Walk Coordinator Patti Ruffin and transplant recipient Dorothy Bray visit San Antonio’s KONO 101.1 to discuss PKD and the recent San Antonio Walk event.

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San Antonio Walk for PKD featured on Great Day SA

August 27, 2018

Great Day SA welcomed San Antonio Walk Coordinator and a two-time transplant recipient to their show to talk about PKD and the Walk for PKD event in San Antonio.

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Austin Walk for PKD featured on iHeart Radio

March 30, 2018

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

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