News and Information
Thank you for joining us at the Northern Indiana Walk for PKD!
The Walk may be over but fundraising will remain open until Dec. 31. Click the button below to make a donation to the Northern Indiana Walk today!
PKD Patient Handbook
The newly updated PKD handbook is now available! The revised handbook has undergone extensive reviews and updating by PKD experts. Topics include PKD signs and symptoms, diet and nutrition, kidney failure, transplantation and more.
Download your digital copy today!
A note from your Chapter Coordinator:
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.
Local Events and Meetings
Northern Indiana Education Meeeting
Tuesday, Oct. 20
6:30 to 8 pm CDT
Topic: Mastering the Health of your Kidneys
Speaker: Patty Leonard, BA, BSN, RN, CDE
Certified Diabetes Coordinator
IU Health LaPorte Hospital
Luhr County Park
3178 S. 150 West
LaPorte, IN 46350
We hope you'll join us to learn about taking care of your kidneys through lifestyle, nutrition, and medication. Our presenter, Patty Leonard, has PKD and is a kidney recepient. She will discuss health and nutrition through good food choices and proper medication. In addition, the ins and outs before and after a k idney transplant.
If you have any questions about this meetings, please email our Volunteer Chapter Coordinator Laura at email@example.com
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.
Northern Indiana Walk for PKD
Thank you to all who joined us for the Northern Indiana Walk for PKD!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll help you get the ball rolling.
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Next Webinar Wednesday
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 12 - 1 p.m. CDT
PKD Foundation Chief Scientific Officer David Baron, Ph.D., will discuss the new study looking at (pioglitazone) Actos as a potential drug therapy for PKD. Guest speaker Bonnie Blazer-Yost, Ph.D., principal investigator for the study, will join the discussion.
Latest National Webinar
Kidney stones can be painful and occur more often in PKD patients than in the general population. Dr. Arlene Chapman, Dr. Bharathi Reddy and Dr. Anna Zisman will help you understand what kidney stones are, why they happen and what can be done to treat them.
PKD Discussion forums provide a place for patients, family and friends to make connections, ask questions and share stories and experiences.