Finding a cure for Polycystic Kidney Disease is personal for Southlake City Councilmember Carolyn Hill Morris. At 25, her husband was diagnosed with the incurable disease, known as PKD, and died fighting it 22 years later.
Their daughter was diagnosed as a high school senior with the disease, which is transmitted genetically from parents. She received a kidney transplant in 2006. Like her, her son has a 50 percent chance of being diagnosed with PKD.
This disease, which affects more than 600,000 Americans, causes cysts to grow 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.
Morris has joined Sally Wilson, a PKD survivor herself, and the national PKD Foundation in building awareness and raising money to help find a cure. The annual North Texas Walk for PKD at Southlake Town Square will be Sept. 20.
The event will kick off with a pancake breakfast, hosted by the Southlake and Colleyville Lions Club. Elsa from the movie Frozen; Ranger, the horse mascot for the Texas Rangers, and characters from the movie Star Wars will entertain.
Now in its 10th year, the event raised more than $90,000 last year.
Sponsored by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, the event includes a raffle for an over-the-top playhouse, built by a custom homebuilder and on display at Southlake’s Central Market from Sept. 5-14.
Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20.
To register for the walk/run, go to walkforpkd.org/northtexas.
CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.