BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s basketball team took a break from preseason workouts as they volunteered at the Nashville Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Walk on Saturday, Sept. 22. The Lady Bisons joined 200 walkers in raising awareness for PKD as the foundation searches for a cure.
Junior Jess Reece didn’t know anything about PKD prior to Saturday. She alluded to the event as not only volunteering but a learning experience as well.
“It was great to show support and learn about something I was not used to hearing about,” Reece said. “Interacting with the kids was a lot of fun. Getting faces painted and playing games was great. Getting to learn stories of those who are affected was amazing as well.”
Carol Boeing, a 1967 Lipscomb graduate, is the founder of the Nashville area PKD chapter and coordinates the PKD Walk every year.
“This is the sixth year of the walk in Nashville, joining more than 60 other walks nationwide in the fall,” Boeing said. “The national goal is to raise $2.5 million while the Nashville chapter raises $40,000 of that goal.”
“We like to make the walk fun and exciting for the kids as well. With the women’s basketball team present, they will interact with the kids, cheer them on in the penny kid’s dash and play a little basketball with them.”
Sophomore Ashley Southern enjoyed her time with the kids, especially those who have been affected by PKD.
“It was nice to help people out,” said Southern. “It makes you feel blessed and helps put things into perspective when you are with people fighting diseases.”
The PKD Foundation leads the fight against PKD through research, education, advocacy, support and awareness. The signature event of the PKD Foundation, the Walk for PKD, raises funds and creates awareness of both the foundation and PKD itself.
PKD is one of the most common genetic life-threatening diseases for which there is no cure. Currently dialysis and kidney transplants are the only options once kidneys start to fail. PKD is passed on to 50 percent of children of an affected parent. The disease attacks the kidney by creating cysts and enlarging the kidneys until failure occurs. A normal kidney is about the size of a human fist, but with PKD the size grows to a football or larger. It affects 600,000 Americans and 12.5 million people worldwide.
For more information, visit www.pkdcure.org.