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Episode 35: Patti's Partners to find a Cure for PKD

Kent's Kidney Stories

Release Date: 09/11/2020

Episode 54: Jason Nunez 1 Year Kidney Transplant Anniversary Special show art Episode 54: Jason Nunez 1 Year Kidney Transplant Anniversary Special

Kent's Kidney Stories

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Episode 53: AAKP Ambassador Curtis Warfield’s 5th Kidney Transplant Anniversary Special show art Episode 53: AAKP Ambassador Curtis Warfield’s 5th Kidney Transplant Anniversary Special

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Episode 46: AAKP Ambassador Gail Glasser’s 5th Kidney Transplant Anniversary Special show art Episode 46: AAKP Ambassador Gail Glasser’s 5th Kidney Transplant Anniversary Special

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Welcome back! In today’s episode, Kent speaks with Patti Ruffin. She shares her amazing Transplant story and what she is doing now to help promote awareness for Kidney Disease and those in need of a Transplant. Patti is a driving force in San Antonio, TX with creating awareness for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) and an upcoming virtual Walk for PKD. Please consider gathering your team to join the Walk or Donate.

You can contact Patti with any questions regarding the Walk for PKD, at sanantoniowalk@pkdcure.org

Items Mentioned during the Podcast:

PKD Foundation Website

PKD Foundation Main Walk page – great info for fundraising, team creation, virtual walking, with all walks listed under ‘donate or register.’

San Antonio Walk for PKD Page

PKD Foundation Facebook

San Antonio PKD Chapter Facebook Page

Instagram – both PKD Foundation and SA Chapter for PKD are listed

Have a question for Kent? Send him an email at kent.bressler@kidneysolutions.org

For more information on Kidney Solutions, visit them at www.kidneysolutions.org

Host: Kent Bressler
Producer: Jason Nunez