Los Angeles Families Come Together To End Life-Threatening Genetic Kidney Disease

Hundreds of walkers will gather in Santa Monica on Oct. 6 for the annual Walk for PKD.
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Sept. 13, 2012 - PRLog -- Los Angeles – This fall, hundreds of people in Los Angeles and thousands nationwide will come together and walk in support of millions affected polycystic kidney disease (PKD).  

PKD is one of the world’s most common, life-threatening genetic diseases, often resulting in kidney failure and death. There is no treatment or cure for PKD – but there an immeasurable amount of hope.

The 2012 Los Angeles Walk for PKD is planned for Saturday, Oct. 6 at Santa Monica Beach Park with PKD patients, their families and friends fundraising and walking together to end PKD. Registration is at 8:30 a.m., with the Walk beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Walk attendees will also hear from UCLA nephrologist Dr. Anjay Rastogi about the latest PKD research and clinical trials, as well as his plans for a comprehensive PKD clinic at UCLA.

“The Walk for PKD symbolizes hope for the millions of people who are affected by this devastating disease every day,” said Gary Godsey, chief executive officer of the PKD Foundation, who will also be attending the Los Angeles Walk this year.

Walk for PKD is the only nationally-run event that raises funds to find treatments and cure for PKD. Since 2001, it’s raised more than $15 million for PKD research, education, advocacy, support and awareness. Register for the Los Angeles Walk for PKD at walkforpkdcure.org or by calling 1-800-PKD-CURE.

“Everything raised from the Walk for PKD will fund mission-critical programs like research to find a treatment,” Godsey said.  “We must come together to raise awareness and to end PKD.”

PKD causes cysts to grow on the kidneys, eventually leading to kidney failure. Parents with the disease have a 50 percent chance of passing it on to each of their children. Currently, dialysis and transplantation are the only treatments. Learn more at pkdcure.org.

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