Joseph has a personal connection to PKD as both a patient and through his father. Following his father’s death from a brain aneurysm, doctors discovered that his kidneys and liver were both covered with cysts. The next day, his family members were assessed to determine if they too were carriers of the PKD gene. Joseph was diagnosed with PKD at the age of 16. He gives back to the community through his time as Board Chair for the PKD Foundation of Canada, appearing on television interviews, participating in bi-monthly support group meetings, and hosting various fundraising events. In 2011, Joseph’s efforts were officially recognized when he was presented with the Toronto Chapter Volunteer of the Year Award.