December 16, 2021

December 2021 PKD e-News



Welcome to the PKD Foundation of Canada's December e-News! We have provided information important to helping you take action in your journey with PKD.

To view the e-News in French click here!


"As parents to a PKD angel, we have the desire to see loved ones no longer suffer, the desire for better treatments and the desire for a cure." - Stephanie Vardzel

Read Stephanie and her husband, Justin's, full story here.

With our collective efforts, we will keep moving closer to discovering new life-saving treatments for ARPKD and ADPKD. You can help support families like Stephanie's and support all those affected by PKD by making a donation at

On #GivingTuesday, we witnessed the power of generosity make a positive impact on the PKD community. Thank you to all those who donated, signed up to volunteer with us, entered the PKDFOC into Canada Helps' contest and more! We are appreciative of every single act of kindness and generosity. It's truly amazing to witness the commitment, passion and support of our community!

Do you have an old car taking up space on your property? Visit to find out more about our partnership with Donate-A-Car!

The PKD Foundation of Canada chapters and the volunteers who lead them are the backbone of the polycystic kidney disease (PKD) community, driving vital programs around the world. They are made up of groups of volunteers – PKD patients, family members and friends just like you!

We are looking for volunteers for 2022! If you are interested, please email us at [email protected].

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is one of the world’s most common, life-threatening genetic diseases. Your stories can help people paint a more powerful picture of PKD and the lives it affects.

Help give a voice to a widely unknown disease by sharing your story here.

You can read some of our Voices of PKD here!

The thought of Having Your Donor Find YOU! sounds like an unusual approach to living kidney donation, but this is what actually happens. By spreading the word about your need, Your Donor Finds YOU! Visit to get started today!

In need of a PKD-friendly recipe for a holiday get-together or event? Try out this delicious blackberry cobbler!


"I remember how scared I felt on that drive and because of Covid-19 restrictions, my husband wasn’t allowed to come in with me. The next few days were a whirlwind – so many tests and doctors, followed by an eventual diagnosis of PKD."

To read Jennifer's full story, click here!