Run for Hope. Run for PKD.
September 16th, 2015 | by Michelle
For the 11th straight year, North Texas is home to one of the largest, and most exciting, events raising funds and awareness for those affected by Polycystic Kidney Disease.
This year the PKD Walk/Run will be Sept. 19 at Rustin Park in Southlake Town Square and will feature a Children’s Chalet Playhouse Raffle. The playhouse will be on display at the North Texas Walk for PKD, and the winner will be drawn Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. at Oktoberfest, also held at Southlake Town Square.
Race day begins with a free pancake breakfast, hosted by the Southlake and Colleyville Lions Club. The timed 5K run starts at 8 a.m., a children’s walk at 9 a.m., and the walk for PKD will stride out at 9:30 a.m. Following the race, a fun kids’ area is the place to celebrate crossing the finish line.
Last year, more than 800 people tied on their sneakers for the event, which turned out to be the fourth-largest PKD walk out of 60 races held across the country.
“We can’t say enough about the wonderful people who support us every year,” says Carolyn Hill Morris, Volunteer Walk Coordinator. “The girls from National Charity League, the boys from Young Men’s Service League and the kids from SASO (Student Athletes Serving Others) have done so much to raise awareness and grow participation. This is a great kickoff to our fundraising season.”
Recent reports show that PKD affects more than 600,000 Americans. The incurable disease causes the growth of cysts in the kidneys and leads to kidney failure. Clinical trials searching for a cure are ongoing, as is research in medical centers across the country, including the University of Texas Southwestern.
Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is sponsoring the North Texas Walk/Run for PKD. The Children’s Chalet Playhouse is sponsored by Wynne Moore of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. To register for the walk/run or to purchase playhouse raffle tickets, go to walkforpkd.org/northtexas.
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