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Build relationships, have fun & make a difference in the York Region PKD community!
- 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.
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Meet Your Chapter Coordinator
Meet Jeff Robertson
Jeff is the York Region Chapter Coordinator as well as the Executive Director of the PKD Foundation of Canada. Both Jeff's mother and grandmother were diagnosed with the disease when he was young. As a result, he has always been passionate about the importance of self-advocacy, volunteerism and community involvement.
Watch Jeff and his mother's full story:
With 2019 drawing to a close, we hope you remember the PKD Foundation of Canada in your holiday plans and consider making a year-end gift to help advance Canadian research, advocacy and support for more PKD patients and their loved ones.
Help give a voice to a widely unknown disease. Donate this #GivingTuesday to the PKD Foundation of Canada, the only national organization solely dedicated to fighting PKD through research, education, advocacy, support and awareness.
Watch the University Health Network's 2019 PKD Conference Recordings Today!
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!