May 01, 2016

April 2016 PKD e-News

Upcoming Hamilton Chapter Meeting: Kidney-Friendly Cooking Class

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Speakers: Veena Juneja, Renal Dietitian, St. Joseph’s Healthcare & Jeff Robertson, Executive Director, PKD Foundation of Canada & former professional chef.

When: Sunday, May 15 2016 from 2:00pm-5:00pm

Where: Fortino’s Community Room, 1579 Main Street West, Hamilton ON.

For full details, click here.

PKD Health Notes with Renal Dietician, Kelly Welsh: Spring = A Chance to Power Pack Our Daily Diets

 “As we finally start seeing the weather get a bit nicer, we can also start  thinking of more variety in the fruit and veggies department. Spring  means brighter colours outside and also brighter, more vibrant choices  in the produce section. Produce looks better, fresher, and we tend to  have more choices. If we choose the right ones, we can even pack more  nutrients into our kidney diets.

 Revisit this topical PKD Health Notes blog from Kelly, as she helps us  with some dietary Spring cleaning! Read the full post here.




Waiting for the Gift of Life: The Next Step in My PKD Journey 
Nicole Harr, Advocacy and Patient Services Manager and Volunteer Chapter Coordinator for the PKD Foundation (USA) is waiting for a kidney. As part of National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Month, she shares her emotional experience waiting for the call.


Read Nicole’s story here.


New Jersey Dad Donates Kidney – and Plans to Donate Part of His Liver – to Ailing 2-year Old Daughter

 PEOPLE Magazine recently shared young Madeline’s story about her  battle  with autosomal  recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD). Her  father  Paul donated one of his kidneys to  her in January, and plans to  donate part  of his liver when the time comes  as well.

 “I decided if I was a match, in a heartbeat I would donate with no questions  asked.” Paul tells  PEOPLE. “It was one of the happiest moments of my life  – there are so many people out there  that suffer and wait for a transplant,  and they suffer the entire time they are waiting.”

Read the full PEOPLE story here.


Become a PKD Champion and Join a PKD Foundation of Canada Chapter Today

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The PKD Foundation of Canada’s mission is to promote programs of research, advocacy, education, support and awareness, in order to discover treatments and a cure for PKD. Our Chapters, led by volunteer Chapter Coordinators, are a driving force behind our mission and help us to create invaluable awareness of PKD on a local and national level.

If you are interested in joining an existing Chapter or starting a new one in your local community, click here or contact us at [email protected] / 1-877-410-1741.

There are opportunities of all shapes and sizes waiting for you! We hope you will help us continue to make a positive impact in the PKD community by joining us in the fight to end PKD.


Upcoming Montreal Chapter Fundraiser


The Montreal Chapter of the PKD Foundation of Canada is hosting Music Heals – a benefit concert to raise awareness and much-needed funds towards polycystic kidney disease research.


The event will be held on Sunday, May 15 from 3:00pm-5:00pm at Centre Leonardo Da Vinci. Talented artists will perform a wide variety of musical genres that is sure to appeal to everyone!


For more information about this event, including a list of performers and ticket information, click hereor contact Montreal Chapter Coordinator, Luisa Miniaci Di-Leo by email at montrealchapter[at]endpkd[dot]ca.


You can also join the official Facebook event here to stay in the loop!