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PKD Walk scheduled for Sept. 8 in Duluth

DULUTH -- Organizers of the PKD Walk say a cure for one of the world's most life-threatening, genetic diseases is just around the corner.

According to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, it affects about one in every 500 people, including newborns, children and adults regardless of sex, age, race or ethnicity.

According to information from the PKD Foundation, those affected by the disease often experience no symptoms early on, and many do not realize they have PKD until other organs are affected. Symptoms can include high blood pressure, chronic pain in the back, sides or abdomen, blood in the urine, urinary tract infection and kidney stones.

Nearly 60 percent of PKD patients will end up with End Stage Renal Disease or kidney failure requiring them to go on dialysis or undergo a kidney transplant.

The inaugural PKD Walk, scheduled for Sept. 8 in downtown Duluth gives the everyday person a chance to do their part in helping put treatment of the disease within reach for patients all over the world.

Check-in and onsite registration begins at 9 a.m. Sept. 8 in Downtown Duluth. The Penny Kids Dash starts at 9:30 a.m., while the 1.5-mile walk begins at 10 a.m.

For more information, or to register ahead of time, visit www.pkdcure.org.