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Fighting Polycystic Kidney Disease Together – Let’s “Do it for Dale”

Fighting Polycystic Kidney Disease Together – Let’s “Do it for Dale”

Most people strive to live a healthy lifestyle. Enjoying good health is not far from the top of life’s list of important things to achieve. No one knows that better than Southern Painting’s very own, Dale Altenhofen, family man and owner of two local Southern Painting offices. Having suffered with polycystic kidney disease (PKD), Dale has met and faced down this life-threatening genetic condition. Not only was Dale affected, but for he and his wife, Brenda, the fight with PKD does not stop as their three children have a 50% chance of being afflicted with PKD too.

What is PKD?

Polycystic kidney disease is an inherited disorder in which clusters of cysts develop in the kidneys. More than 200,000 cases of PKD are medically diagnosed in the United States every single year, along with millions more worldwide. The cysts are noncancerous sacs containing a water-like fluid and can grow very large. Symptoms can include high blood pressure, pain in the back or side pain and a swollen abdomen. PKD is a chronic disease that can last for years or be a lifelong condition. Many people with this malady will see kidney failure by age 60. As of this writing, there is no cure leaving dialysis or transplant as the only hope of those who are affected by PKD.

What Is PKD?

Did you know PKD can affect organs other than the kidneys? More than eighty percent of patients with PKD develop liver cysts during their lifetime. Recent U.S. studies report that PKD patients have about a 5 to 10 percent risk of developing intracranial aneurysms, which is approximately five times the risk of the general population. Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) has been known to occur with increased frequency in patients with PKD as compared to the general population.

With this in mind, Dale, his family, Southern Painting and many others are joining forces with the PKD Foundation by becoming sponsors and participating in the local Walk For PKD 2017 taking place in Southlake in October of this year. The PKD foundation is dedicated to finding treatments, a cure, and works to improve the lives of everyone it affects.

Walk for PKD – A cure is our finish line!

The walk is the PKD Foundation’s largest fundraising event each year and takes place in cities all over the country. This year’s event kicks off at Southlake Town Square on October 21st with the walk. The goal is to bring attention to the devastating disease, raise money for research, and push to combat the ill effects of the ailment. Funds raised go directly to the PKD Foundation and around one-third of the annual budget for the foundation comes from this event.

One small step can make a big difference and give hope to those who are in urgent need of treatments and a cure for PKD, one of the most common, life-threatening genetic diseases. Besides the Walk for PKD, the 5k Run the Square, and the Penny Kids Dash, you are encouraged to bring your kids and pets out for the Great Pumpkin Party featuring the costume contest for kids, adults and dogs!

Walk for PKD

The Walk for PKD is the chance to make a difference in the lives of so many, but nothing is more rewarding than knowing you are helping people you know, your neighbor, local businessmen, people, like Dale!. By taking part in the Walk For PKD you will be making a difference in the lives of so many.

How can you help? Join Team “Do it for Dale” and join us for the walk. Volunteers are always needed, so if you like making things happen, contact us and we will get you in touch with the right people. Can’t attend the walk but you still want to help? Team “Do it for Dale” has a web page you can visit to make a donation. Any manner in which you can help will be greatly appreciated.

Let’s “Do it for Dale”

If you’re ready to get involved and to help fund finding a cure for PKD, then join us on Saturday, October 21. The Walk for PKD is the perfect event for the whole family. Remember, adults, kids and dogs are welcome in costumes!

"Do it for Dale" Team Photo

Don’t sit on the sidelines! Get involved. Let’s rally around Dale and his family in support of a cause near and dear to his family. Our goal is to help rid PKD from the world. By walking with us, you’re helping those afflicted get the treatment they need to continue living their lives. And if other people get involved – we may see a cure come soon!

We would be honored if you walked with us. Please help us raise money and awareness for this disease. Join us this October and let’s “Do it for Dale!”

You Have Questions; We Have Answers

If you would like to know more about PKD, or more about how to get registered for the 2017 Walk for PKD, we have collected some very useful information to help you. Just click on any of the following links to get directly to the details you need.

  • To learn more about PKD itself, start with About PKD.
  • You can find Dale Altenhofen’s team registration page here.
  • Answers to many frequently asked questions about registration, fundraising, and making donations can be found on the PKD Walker’s Toolbox page. On that page, you will find links to two useful videos to help you with Individual Registration or Team Registration.
  • If you find you are having problems registering online, please feel free to call 1.800.753.2873, then press 1 for Walk. Alternatively, send an email to walkforpkd@pkdcure.org for further assistance. Please allow at least 24 hours for a response, as their normal business hours are Mon – Fri, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Central Time.
  • Once you have registered yourself, this guide will help you use the PKD web site to set up your personal page, and where you can also send email to others you think might want to support PKD: Walk for PKD Participant Center Guide
  • If you want to register your own team, this will guide you through the steps: Walk for PKD Team Registration Guide
  • If you are a registered walker, here is the form you will need to submit the donations you collect for PKD: 2017 Walk for PKD Donation Submission Form
  • Your organization might wish to become an official sponsor of the 2017 event; you can find more information about that here: 2017 Walk for PKD Sponsorship Opportunities
  • If you wish to ensure your contribution meets the IRS standard for tax-deductibility, here is the formal letter the IRS provided in 2010 that confirms their status as a 501 (c)(3) entity: IRS Letter Confirming 501 (c)(3) Status for PKD Foundation