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THOUGHTS FROM ANDY
Focused on Today
We're committed to supporting patients
and their families from care to cure.
A s I refl ect on my fi rst fi ve years as president
and CEO of the PKD Foundation, I'm particularly
proud of the progress we've made in the area
of research development.
At the end of the day, our goal as a foundation
is to end PKD, and that means funding researchers
who are focused on learning more about the
genetic underpinnings of the disease, and fi nding
new and better therapeutic treatments and
ultimately a cure for polycystic kidney disease.
Thanks to our Future Focus Campaign, we've raised
more than $70 million for PKD research, which
represents a 300% increase since 2016. You can
read more about the campaign and its accomplishments
on page 20.
But it's also clear that ending PKD is a marathon,
not a sprint. In addition to propelling research,
we're committed to helping patients and families
learn more about PKD and manage day-to-day living
with the disease. In this issue, nutrition experts
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Chris Rusconi, PhD
Rob Roth, MBA
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Michal Mrug, MD
Osama Amro, M.D.; Melanie Betz, M.S., R.D.; Kristen Bing,
R.D.; Neera Dahl, M.D., Ph.D.; Donna Gjesvold, R.D.N., L.D.,
C.C.T.D.; Monica, Mario, and Marina Guerrero; Gina and Larry
Hietpas; Seemi Khan, M.D.; Robin Lopes; Merideth Miller, R.D.,
C.S.P., L.D.; Sarah Noble; Kristen Nonahal, R.D.N.; Dwight
Odland; Dallas Reed, M.D.; Lindsay Roper; Jenni Schmidt;
Neil Shusterman, M.D.; Brittany Sparks, R.D.N.; Andy Tang;
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Elise Hoover, MPH; Nicole Harr; Shanna Eiklenborg, MBA
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2022 Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation.
share their advice about using dietary supplements
safely, and our cover story highlights the crucial
role caregivers play in helping their loved ones
manage a chronic health condition.
Looking ahead toward the next fi ve years, we're
committed not only to making people's lives easier
today, but also to doing everything we can to ensure
the lives of future generations will be even easier.
It's all about Accelerating Hope, which is the name
of our next big campaign.
As always, we'd love to hear your thoughts about
what you've read in these pages, and what you'd
like to see covered in future issues. Feel free to send
us an email at email@example.com.
thou gh ts
wit h us.
President and CEO, PKD Foundation
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