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CORKS FOR A CURE Let’s Toast to a Cure for PKD
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CORKS FOR A CURE  Let’s Toast to a Cure for PKD

Join others in the Sacramento community as we come together to raise funds and awareness for the fourth leading cause of kidney failure, polycystic kidney disease (PKD) in which there is no treatment and no cure.

Four families volunteering for the Sacramento Chapter of the PKD Foundation, who are emotionally and personally touched by polycystic kidney disease, are proudly hosting Corks for a Cure for the Sacramento community, on February 27th at the North Ridge Country Club in Fair Oaks. The events mission is to raise funds and awareness for polycystic kidney disease (PKD), in which there is no treatment and no cure.

Polycystic kidney disease is one of the most common, life threatening genetic diseases affecting thousands in America and millions worldwide. PKD is when fluid-filled cysts develop and enlarge in both kidneys, eventually leading to kidney failure. The average size of a normal kidney is a human fist, polycystic kidneys can get much larger, some getting as large as a football and weighing up to 30 pounds each. More than 50 percent of people with PKD will develop kidney failure by the age of 50. Once a person has kidney failure, dialysis and transplantation are the only options to treat the damage the disease has caused. Parents have a 50 percent chance of passing the disease to each of their children. It is a painful disease that impacts quality of life and generations after generations in families. We must find a treatment and a cure.

PKD can also develop spontaneously; about 10 percent of the people diagnosed have no family history of the disease. The Sacramento Chapter Coordinator of the PKD Foundation and Corks for a Cure organizer, Julia Adams of Fair Oaks, knows this firsthand. Her daughter, Elizabeth, developed PKD spontaneously and was diagnosed when she was two-years-old and faced kidney failure in her early 20’s. Elizabeth’s dad, Rick, was her living kidney donor.

“I started volunteering for the PKD Foundation and raising funds so other families don't have to hear "your child has PKD, there is no treatment and no cure,” says Julia Adams. “Chairing the "Corks for a Cure" event is my way of turning my love for my daughter into action. I want treatments and a cure for PKD in my lifetime!”

One of the event’s volunteers, Valen Keefer of Auburn, has had a challenging medical heritage since birth. Her and her entire mom’s side of the family has been immensely impacted by PKD. Valen was diagnosed with PKD when she was 10-years-old. She has endured countless hospital stays, surgeries, both kidneys removed, dialysis, life-threatening medical complications and received a kidney transplant at 19-years-old, all because of PKD. Valen is now a 33-year-old woman with a passion to use her firsthand knowledge and experiences to help educate and inspire others. She is a national spokesperson, motivational speaker and inspirational writer for the kidney and organ donation community.

CORKS FOR A CURE

Let’s Toast to a Cure for PKD

Corks for a Cure will be a fun, meaningful and classy event featuring an incredible silent auction, premium wines, hors d’oeuvres and dancing. The event is hosted by the Sacramento Chapter of the PKD Foundation, to benefit the national PKD Foundation. It will take place on Saturday, February 27th, 2016 at the North Ridge Country Club –

7600 Madison Ave. Fair Oaks, CA – from 6:30PM – 10:00PM.

For tickets and more information, visit: www.pkdcure.org/sacramento-corks

To view our event PSA, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YBzAGXLzMs

*The PKD Foundation is the only organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to finding treatments and a cure for PKD to improve the lives of those it affects. They do this through promoting research, education, advocacy, support and awareness on a national level, along with direct services to local communities across the country. The Foundation provides local services through its more than 60 volunteer-run Chapters across the country. These volunteers bring to life the mission of the organization by ensuring that no on faces this disease alone. The PKD Foundation’s vision is that one day no one will suffer the full effects of PKD.

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