Why we walk

Everyone has their own reason for walking for PKD. To honor a loved one, to take control of their disease, to find a sense of community. No matter your reason for walking, you make a difference in the future of PKD.

Every dollar you raise goes directly to PKD research. Last year, Walkers helped us raise nearly $1 million. This year, our goal is to cross that $1 million finish line, bringing us closer to our ultimate finish line — ending PKD.

Learn why some of our teams walk for PKD and share your story below.

Why do you walk for PKD?

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What your fundraising supports

At the PKD Foundation, our vision is to #endPKD. To achieve this, more PKD research is needed. Over the past 40 years, we’ve evolved from not only a funder, but a doer of research. Since 1982, we’ve proudly funded more than $50 million in PKD research and leveraged $1.5 billion in government funding. Our grant and fellowship program improves disease understanding to drive new treatments.

Recently, dollars raised for research have gone toward:

  • Funding 22 researchers through $2.99 million in grants in 2021. The work of these dedicated researchers and clinician scientists helps us better understand polycystic kidney disease. Find out more about their research.


  • Supporting the expansion of the ADPKD Registry. Since launching the Registry, we’ve helped recruit for nine clinical studies and contacted nearly 3,400 eligible participants. This ensures that PKD research continues to move forward.


  • Expanding our leadership role in the Polycystic Kidney Disease Outcomes Consortium (PKDOC). PKDOC was created to provide a pathway for bringing treatments to patients faster. This pathway establishes the PKD Treatment Pipeline, which tracks the various PKD treatments in clinical trials from discovery through Phase 3.
Join us and help us move PKD research forward.

100% of Walk donations go toward PKD research.

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