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40-Year-Old Mom with PKD Becomes New Orleans Saints' Cheerleader

July 16, 2014

Kriste Lewis, a 40-year old mom with polycystic kidney disease (PKD), has become a New Orleans Saints cheerleader.

Lewis, who is a dance instructor, decided to fulfill her lifelong dream when she turned 40 and tried out for the squad last April. She said she used her age and health issue as an inspiration.

"Fourteen years ago I was diagnosed with polysistic kidney disease," Lewis said. "Eventually my kidneys will shut down [and] I will be in need of dialysis and in need of a transplant."

"That had a lot to do with me auditioning as well," she said. "I didn't want to waste a day."

Read more about Kriste and watch her interview on ABC's "Good Morning America."


Statins Given Early Decrease Progression of Kidney Disease

July 15, 2014

AURORA, Colo. - Results from a study by University of Colorado School of Medicine researchers show that pravastatin, a medicine widely used for treatment of high cholesterol, also slows down the growth of kidney cysts in children and young adults with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD).

Read the full news release


Voices of PKD

Transplant Games Provide a Way to Honor Organ DonationJoAnn Villaneuva and her sister Janice Gill

The Transplant Games of America are special to sisters JoAnn Villanueva and Suzanne Ruff, and their entire family. JoAnn has PKD, and Suzanne does not. In 2004, Suzanne donated her kidney to JoAnn. "The Games started as a way to show the world that transplants work," Suzanne said. "It is a celebration of life as donors and recipients come together."

Their first experience with the Games came in 1994 when their mother, Joan Gill, participated and won the bronze medal in golf in her age group. Joan received a transplant in 1988 after ten years on dialysis from PKD.

Read JoAnn and Suzanne's Story

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