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.
(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.
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!
Watch the 2019 Vancouver PKD Patient Forum Recording Below!
Join us for the 2019 Walk to END PKD, the PKD Foundation of Canada's signature fundraising campaign!
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.
Read our 2019 World Kidney Day email.
Bike to the Moon with the PKD Foundation of Canada from June 21-24, 2019!
Build relationships, have fun & make a difference in the Montreal PKD community!
- Annual Walk to END PKD fundraiser
- Annual Music Heals benefit fundraiser
- Other local fundraising events
- Increasing awareness of PKD
- Educational chapter meetings
- Support groups & socials
The PKD Foundation of Canada chapters and the volunteers who lead them are the backbone of the polycystic kidney disease (PKD) community.
As a grassroots non-profit organization, the PKD Foundation of Canada prides itself in keeping administration costs low and impact high. In order to do this, we count on volunteers every day to help drive vital programs and awareness around Canada.
Sign up to become a volunteer below!
Meet Your Chapter Coordinator
Meet Luisa Miniaci-Di Leo
Luisa is the Montreal Chapter Coordinator. She was diagnosed with PKD at the age of 34. Despite living in constant pain, Luisa fights relentlessly to help the PKD community of Canada. She is focused on raising awareness and research funds in hopes of finding a cure.
Watch Luisa's full story:
ADPKD is the most common inherited renal disorder worldwide, impacting approximately 1 in every 500 Canadians. An estimated 45% to 70% of patients with ADPKD progress to end-stage renal disease by age 65 years.