News

Walkers from across the nation have made it into the news. 

 

2018

 

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.

Listen to the full interview

 


 

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.

 

Watch the segment

 


 

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.

 

Listen to the full interview.

 

 

 

2017

 

Twin Cities radio personality raises her voice for PKD

 

September 8, 2017

 

Michele Jansen, general manager and on-air talent at KBEM Radio, was recently featured in the Star Tribune raising awareness for PKD and the Twin Cities Walk for PKD on Saturday, Sept. 16.

 

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San Antonio Walk featured on Great Day San Antonio

 

September 5, 2017

 

Patti Ruffin and Dr. Ronald Rodriguez spread PKD awareness on Great Day San Antonio and invite the community to come out for the Walk for PKD on Saturday, Sept. 9, at O.P. Schnabel Park.

 

Watch the TV spot

 


 

San Antonio Walk featured on KONO 101.1

 

September 5, 2017

 

UT Health Doctors Ronald Rodriguez and Brian Reeves join Patti Ruffin for an interview with Chrissie Murnin to invite everyone to the San Antonio Walk for PKD on Saturday, Sept. 9, at O.P. Schnabel Park.

 

Listen to the full interview

 


 

Interim dean at UT Health San Antonio joins local Walk

 

August 24, 2017

 

Ronald Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D., interim dean of the Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine, is getting ready to join the San Antonio Walk for PKD on Saturday, Sept. 9. Check out the full article from UT Health San Antonio to learn more about why he walks.

 

Read the full article

 


 

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.

 

Listen to the full interview.

 

 

 

2016

 

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

 

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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.

 

Listen to the full interview

 


 

North Texas Community Comes Together to End Life-Threatening Genetic Kidney Disease

 

Sept. 9, 2016

 

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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.

 

Listen to the interview here

 


 

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.

 

Read the full article here

 


 

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.

 

2015

 

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

 

Watch the interview here

 


 

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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2014

 

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.

 

 

 

2013

 

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.

 

Read the article here.

 


 

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.

 

Watch the interview

 


 

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What’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:

 

 


 

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Bedford 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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