The Charity Fitness Tour stopped by The 2023 Walk for PKD at Santa Monica Beach
October 16, 2023
by Dion
“PKD stands for polycystic kidney disease. It’s a genetic disease that causes uncontrolled growth of cysts in the kidney, eventually leading to kidney failure. A typical kidney is the size of a human fist and weighs about a third of a pound. In people with PKD, kidneys can be much larger, some growing as large as a football, and weighing many pounds each. Mine were even larger before my transplant and quite possibly the largest. They were big, but they were not strong. Normal kidneys function at very high levels, but mine were functioning before my transplant surgery at 17%. Typically, the need for a transplant becomes urgent when kidneys function at 15% or below. When it came to my kidneys, time was running out. Luckily for me, through all of the outreach, a close friend named Bill Mcneese became my hero donor; he gave me a new kidney and a new lease on life. I am very blessed!” For more info on Gene:

From the good men and women at PKD!

“We give hope. We fund research, advocate for patients, and build a community for all impacted by Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD).” For more information: