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With the help of PKD Foundation Chapters in cities across the country and beyond, the PKD Foundation provides a forum for patients who want to join in the fight to find a treatment and cure for PKD. Just contact us at to find out how you can make a difference in the lives of thousands in the U.S. and millions worldwide.


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PKD Foundation News and Announcements

Michael PsilakisFood Network's One-on-One Interview with Chopped All-Stars Part 3 Winner, Chef Michael Psilakis

May 13, 2015

Chef Michael Psilakis won part 3 of the Chopped All-StarsTournament and will be in the finale with the chance to win $75,000 for his charity of choice, the PKD Foundation. Food Network did an exclusive one-on-one interview with chef Michael after his big win about being on the show and why he's competing for the PKD Foundation.

Read the exclusive Food Network interview with Chef Michael Psilakis

A note from your Chapter Coordinator:

SAVE THE DATE: Cruis'n For a Cure for PKD - Sunday, May 17at LaPorte County Fairgrounds, 2581 West S.R. 2, LaPorte, Indiana. All wheels are welcomed.  Car show begins at noon CST and the 40-mile cruise begins at 2:30 p.m.  Rain or shine: no pre-registration, just drive on in and be a part of this great event!

The Michigan City Walk concluded its 8th year. We raised $11,510! Way to go everyone...together we can do anything.   

It is not too early to be thinking about the 2015 Walk for PKD! Join us on Saturday, Sept. 19.  Watch your email for details and a link to register.  I’d also like to welcome Debra Wheeland, our new Walk Coordinator.

Check out our Chapter webpage or Facebook page to see information on Chapter events and volunteer opportunities.

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Calendar Local Events and Meetings

 Meeting Chapter Meetings


Mastering the Health of Your Kidney's

Monday, June 8
6:30 to 8 p.m.


Luhr County Park

3178 S. 150 West 
LaPorte, IN 46350

Learn about Health and Nutrition through good food choices and proper mediation.  In addition, the ins and outs before and after kidney transplant.

Our speaker Patty Leonard is a Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator with IU Health La Porte. She was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease at age 21 then  24 years later at age 45 received a kidney transplant from her living brother’s donation. Polycystic Kidney Disease has affected her family over generations and there have been some great times, scary times and laughter-filled times.

Patty will be presenting her personal story along with educational information on diabetes & kidney disease along with any questions regarding her own personal transplant. 

If you have any questions concerning support meetings, please email our Volunteer Chapter Coordinator Laura at

Kidney Korner......"You've got someone in your corner"

While having family and friends to turn to can make a huge difference for people dealing with chronic kidney disease (CKD) or life on dialysis, sometimes it isn’t enough. Talking to others who are going through the same experiences as you can be a much-needed opportunity to vent, share information, get advice and receive and provide support.

Nowadays, support groups can be found in all sorts of places. One great place to connect with others is on a conference call. This discussion forum with your kidney friends through the PKD Foundation is a place where people with chronic kidney disease, those on dialysis (either at home or at a center), as well as family members and friends of those with kidney disease, can talk. Some topics include:  Share Your Experiences, Lifestyle, Education and Caregiver Support. Also, it ok if you don't feel comfortable sharing but want to hear others and what their experiences are.  There is no wrong or stupid question or comment.  Just kidney buddies chatting. 

There’s no cost to join us, although you will need to register here to get your personal connections to join us.  Give me a shout out if you have some ideas for a subject you would like to discuss as well. 

Come join us! At our meetings, you will find a great group of caring, supportive people who all have been touched by PKD in some way and who are willing to share their knowledge of the disease. We also host guest speakers and leaders in the field of PKD that help us continue our ongoing educational awarenees program. Check back for updates and upcoming meetings and locations. Next date will be in spring April or May.

Northern Indiana Walk for PKD


Walk for PKD        Save the Date

         September 19, 2015

     Creek Ridge County Park


         Registration Opens

               June 2015

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Plan your own Event!

All of the events that take place in the Northern Indiana PKD Foundation Chapter, large or small, happen because someone decided to organize them. We often receive checks from people who have put together a craft fair, bake sale, gotten their business to sponsor a casual day or any of a dozen other things. You can send your money earned to the PKD Foundation immediately (no need to hold it) and it will be deposited right away for you. Just let us know if you need help with any of this.

There are also people who have decided they have the time and energy to put on a major event or who are connected to a church or school group who help them put on a major event. Many other charities are starting to connect with sororities, fraternities, or other social organizations to put on an annual event and you can too!

If you have an idea for an event that you would like to put together, or if you have a business, church or community group that may like to get involved, please contact us at and we'll help you get the ball rolling.

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David BaronPKD Foundation's Chief Scientific Officer Webinar

Hear from our new Chief Scientific Officer David Baron, Ph.D., who is also a PKD patient. David shares what we have gained from our PKD research work to date and where we are headed with the Accelerating Treatments to Patients program.


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©2015, PKD Foundation ·The PKD Foundation is a 501 (c)(3), 509 (a)(1) public charity.