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Michael's PKD journey: From uncertainty to self-advocacy

Michael Coyle was a new Search-and-Rescue (SAR) recruit in British Columbia two decades ago when his blood pressure showed up abnormally high during training. As it turned out, it was the beginning of the road to a diagnosis that would change his life.

Old Drug, New Tricks, Provides Hope For Patients With Polycystic Kidney Disease

(Toronto, Canada – October 3, 2019) Dr. York Pei, an award-winning scientist at the University Health Network, has discovered a potential new use for an old drug, providing hope for patients suffering from polycystic kidney disease.

In a pre-clinical trial, Dr. Pei found Salsalate, a drug in the aspirin family, and an approved drug therapy for rheumatism, was successfully used to improve kidney survival and reduced cystic kidney disease severity. 

2019 PKD Awareness Day

PKD affects thousands in Canada and millions worldwide, yet many people have never heard of it. Together, we can change this! #PKDAwarenessDay (#Sept4) is our day to raise awareness about this disease and the negative impact it has on generation after generation. Don't forget to use #PKDAwarenessDay and #endPKD to join the online conversation. The more people that know about #PKD, the closer we can get to treatments and a cure. Together, let's raise awareness and end PKD!

Join us for the 2019 Bike to the Moon!

Bike to the Moon is a PKD Foundation of Canada annual fundraiser for both casual and serious cyclists, taking place June 21-24, 2019 in your own community and on your own route! Collectively, we aim to bike the distance to the moon (384,400 km) and raise critical funds for the Hereditary Kidney Disease Program at Toronto General Hospital.

Build relationships, have fun & make a difference in the Guelph PKD community!

Join the PKD Foundation of Canada’s Guelph Walk to END PKD team as we spread awareness, support PKD patients and make a difference in our community.

Our Walk to END PKD signifies a united group, moving towards treatment and a cure for polycystic kidney disease (PKD).

You can make a positive impact on all those affected by this disease by signing up as a volunteer at this year’s Guelph Walk to END PKD – taking place on Sunday, September 8, 2019! 

Sign up to become a volunteer below!

Meet Your Walk Coordinator

 Meet Carrie Manson

Carrie is the Guelph Walk Coordinator. Her husband, John was diagnosed with PKD in 2010 after his father, Jim, passed away from kidney disease in 2009, at the age of 59. John's brother is also affected by PKD. Carrie and her family are committed to helping find a cure for PKD and advocating for all those affected by this disease.

Read Carrie and her husband's interview with the Guelph Mercury Tribune here

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