Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is one of the most common, life threatening genetic kidney diseases affecting thousands in America and millions worldwide. PKD causes fluid-filled cysts to grow on both kidneys, eventually leading to kidney failure. The size of a normal kidney is a human fist, but PKD kidneys can grow as large as the size of a football and weigh up to 30 pounds. Currently there is no treatment or cure for PKD.
But there is HOPE.
The PKD Foundation's main focus is conducting research to move us closer to finding treatments and a cure for polycystic kidney disease. Since 1982, more than $31 million has been invested in more than 550 research, clinical and scientific grants, fellowships, scientific meetings and educational programs. Together, these investments have contributed to a recent breakthrough - for the first time, a drug has been shown effective in slowing down the progression of PKD! Your support of Gratitude will help us continue to advance these important initiatives, and bring hope to those who suffer from PKD.