February 17, 2023

February 2023 issue | PKD e-News

Welcome to the PKD Foundation of Canada's February 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!


Join us on Wednesday March 1st at 7:00 pm EST, for an overview of polycystic kidney disease, the pathway to transplant and how the PKD Foundation of Canada can support you. This session will be co-presented by the Centre for Living Organ Donation and the PKD Foundation of Canada, and provide you with an in-depth look at the journey with polycystic kidney disease from a transplant recipient perspective, Jan Robertson, a nephrologist who specializes in PKD, Dr. Moumita Barua and the Executive Director of the PKD Foundation of Canada, Jeff Robertson.

Register Today!

The PKD Connect Conference (PKDCON) is an annual gathering of PKD patients, caregivers, parents, researchers, and health care professionals. Registration for PKDCON is now open for this hybrid event! Full details can be found by visiting their website.

It's soup season! Warm up with this PKD-friendly, delicious roasted red pepper soup from renal dietician, Emily Campbell.

Having Your Donor Find YOU! is a comprehensive video series with graphics that educates patients about transplant and gives them the tools to mount a successful living donor campaign. 

To learn how to build your personal campaign, visit!


We're still buzzing about our partnership with our friends at 
Transplant Ambassador Program! Not only are we pleased to offer TAP programs to PKD patients Canada-wide, but we are now looking for PKD patients to become Transplant Ambassadors! To learn more, visit

As we return to in-person educational and support meetings in the Spring of 2023, we are in need of meeting volunteers! We also have a number of Chapter Coordinator positions open in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, and Ottawa.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us!

Legacy giving is a way to express your hope to improve the lives of all affected by PKD. It offers means for you and members of your community to respond to your commitment to end PKD. To learn more about leaving a legacy through wills and bequests, gift of securities, gift of life insurance, or gift of property, trusts and annuities, visit


Kidney Month is recognized in March across Canada and the United States. We spend this time raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health, and to reduce the frequency and impact kidney disease and its associated health problems have on an international level.

Join us for 31 Days of PKD Challenges! In honor of March’s National Kidney Month, we will once again be taking on daily challenges to raise awareness of PKD. Leading up to March 1st, stay tuned for information on how you can participate in the 31 Days of PKD Challenges!

World Kidney Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.

This year’s theme for World Kidney Day is ‘Health for All – Preparing for the unexpected, supporting the vulnerable.’ Visit to find out more ways you can raise awareness for World Kidney Day!


Dr. Steven Soroka, one of the top Canadian nephrologists practicing in Nova Scotia, has been awarded the Making Waves Leadership Excellence Award for Physician Leadership!

To read more about the award, and Dr. Soroka's positive impact in Nova Scotia's Renal Program, click here!

American singer/songwriter, Bonnie Raitt wins song of the year at the Grammy Awards with "Just Like That," a song highlighting the importance of organ donation.

Bonnie Raitt was inspired by a heartwarming story of organ donation the singer/songwriter saw on TV. Read more and view Bonnie's acceptance speech here.

Watch the music video here!

Working for a cure, 

Your Friends at the PKD Foundation of Canada
Every gift - no matter the size - can make a difference in the fight against PKD. Please consider making a donation today.