Stories
November 01, 2017

Theresa Gray-Gunn, Barrie ON

Theresa_Gray-Gunn_1.jpgMy name is Theresa Gray-Gunn. In 1968, my Dad passed away from a brain aneurysm. My Mom was brave enough to donate his body to science for research and that is when they discovered that his aneurysm was caused by PKD. Four of his five children, including myself, have been diagnosed with PKD. We are all living with effects of this disease. My one sister underwent brain surgery in 2012 to clip three aneurysms and I had a kidney transplant in 2013 (kidney donated by our younger sister). It is a terrible disease; however, I am choosing to live each day as best I can. My four-year post transplant goal was to run the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon to raise awareness and honor my gift of life. I did complete the 21 km half marathon on October 22 with my husband and biggest supporter by my side. I encourage everyone with PKD to continue to live, laugh, and love each and every day. Set goals and challenge yourself! We have to find a cureā€¦A cure is our finish line!