Help me fight PKD
Polycystic kidney disease is one of the most common life-threatening genetic diseases, affecting more people than Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and sickle cell anemia — combined. Currently there is no treatment and no cure… But there is hope.
PKD has been part of my vocabulary for the majority of my life.
Although Grandpa died when I was very young, I heard stories about how the disease affected him — I heard about the pain, dialysis and transplants.
Over the past several years, I’ve seen it continue to affect my family. Currently, my dad, aunt and cousin are living with the disease — in various stages — and I recently learned that I also inherited PKD.
Daddy’s overall quality of life has significantly declined since 2008, and knowing that there is no cure or treatment is a hard pill to swallow. His kidneys (which are nearly the size of footballs and weigh 20 pounds a piece) cause him an unbelievable amount of pain. We’re praying for a transplant in the near future. For now, he’s doing pain management with a daily regimen of morphine and Oxycontin.
But there has to be a better solution. That’s why I’m committed to helping the PKD Foundation raise money for research. The PKD Foundation is working hard to ensure that someday, no one will have to suffer the full effects of the disease.
Every dollar donated will bring us one step closer to cure. We can’t do it alone, so please help support us in our fight against polycystic kidney disease.
Please visit http://www.pkdcure.org/heatheroquin to help me raise money to fight the disease that has affected my family for generations.
UPDATE: Daddy received a healthy new kidney (from my stepmom) on Dec. 13!!! He’s been recovering well and feeling so much better. To read more about our recent journey, visit www.caringbridge.com/visit/markoquin.