Sunday, September 22nd was the 2019 Montreal Walk to end PKD! A walk supporting those dealing with Polycystic Kidney Disease which is hereditary and has no cure.
Although this disease is relatively unknown, it affects 1 in 500 to 1 in 1000 globally. There are 12.5M people affected globally, and of that, 66,000 Canadians are dealing with PKD. Being a hereditary disease, it does not skip a generation. The Montreal Chapter of the PKD Foundation of Canada is based in DDO and connects all Quebec patients affected by PKD. The Foundation is the only national organization who has provided the most grant and fellowships for research on polycystic kidney disease.
This year, 7 of Quebec’s Mayors joined their counterparts across Canada in recognizing September 4th as PKD Awareness Day. Quebec’s PKD patients are grateful to DDO Mayor Alex Bottausci, who played an important part in getting other mayors on board. Most of the mayors who recognized September 4 will be attending the walk along with some of their City Councillors. Several Consular officials will also be attending in support of their respective community members who are affected.
Dignitaries and City Mayors united in cutting the departure ribbon at 11:00 am and walked alongside PKD patients in solidarity. The walk was packed with entertainment, raffle prizes, complimentary food and live performances from local artists!
If you didn’t get the chance to participate in this year’s walk, stay connected with the PKD foundation for future events.
Contact Luisa Miniaci-Di Leo: firstname.lastname@example.org