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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 Ottawa PKD community!

Join the PKD Foundation of Canada's Ottawa Chapter and help us spread awareness, support PKD patients and make a difference in our community.

Ongoing chapter activities include:

  • Annual Walk to END PKD 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 below to become a volunteer!

Meet Your Chapter Coordinator

Meet Gina Hedges

Gina is the Ottawa Chapter Coordinator. When Gina's mother was diagnosed with PKD 24 years ago, Gina and her sister both decided to go through the screening process to become living organ donors. That's when they were both diagnosed with PKD.

In honour of her mother and family members affected, Gina fights tirelessly to advocate for the local PKD community.

Watch Gina's full story:



Meet Your Walk Coordinator

Meet Jennifer Woods

Jenn is the Ottawa Chapter's Walk Coordinator. Jennifer, her mother and her sister are all affected by PKD. Their prognosis is eventual dialysis and transplantation.

Jenn is committed to spreading awareness and helping to find a cure for PKD.

Watch Jenn's full story:

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PKD Awareness Day: Video Challenge

Are you ready to take on the challenge? Help spread the word about PKD Awareness Day and what it's like to live with polycystic kidney disease! Record a short video with your smartphone and tell us your story...

PKD Awareness Day Video Challenge!

The Ottawa Chapter is looking to find members or family members who are supporting those with PKD to share their PKD stories on social media. We are proposing a 2 minute video with just you and the camera talking about your journey with PKD or how or what you would like to bring more attention to this disease.

2018 Bike to the Moon Campaign Wrap Up

In 2016, an Ontario family impacted by PKD for generations got together with their friends to bike the Bruce Trail in an effort to raise money for PKD research. They travelled 480 km and raised over $11,000. This year, Bike to the Moon participants across Canada travelled over 4,000 km...